In the ancient Roman Empire, many boys wanted to grow up to be emperors. But I hope that most people want to grow up to be like Christ. What does it take to follow Him? Consider these five ways:
- Follow Him in baptism. Jesus had no sin (2 Corinthians 5:21), but He was baptized by John in the Jordan River. He did it to “fulfill all righteousness.” Since baptism is a command of God (Mark 16:16), Jesus had to be baptized to remain righteous.
- Follow Him in temptation. In Luke 4:1-13, Jesus endured many temptations during a 40-day period, but three are discussed in detail. In each one, Jesus successfully combated temptation. I yield early, therefore I need to follow His good example.
- Follow Him in teaching. In His Sermon on the Mount, I learn what I need to become to enjoy eternal life (Matthew 5-7). Jesus made some people angry because He preached truth, but He did what He could to save them. I need to try to save people too.
- Follow Him in compassion. Matthew 8-9 shows a number of instances where Jesus had compassion on people and healed them. In Matthew 9:35-38, His compassion, though, was spiritual. The greatest gift I can give someone is to teach them the gospel.
- Follow Him in humility. In Matthew 11:29, Jesus described Himself as“meek and lowly in heart.” When He washed the disciples’ feet in John 13:1-17, He performed a menial task. I have to be humble to please God.
Men have “feet of clay.” What would benefit the world the most is if you would follow Him.