Sunday: November 1, 2020
1 John 3:3 Everyone who has this hope in Christ keeps himself pure, just as Christ is pure.
“To be like someone” can be explained in different contexts, in a positive light or a negative reference. It could refer to those who perceive themselves as inadequate or inferior and the only way to match up would be to assume or mimic in near entirety the life of another. Some may even go as far as attempting to establishing a physical resemblance.
On another hand, we have the model dimension where a person’s mannerisms, attitudes and approach to life could be perceived as a blueprint that can be followed. Here, imitation takes on the face of I perceive how they have lived, and that has lessons which I can also learn.
My dear, these two scenarios, are not the same. In the former category, when one is unsuccessful, it is characterised by disappointment and beating oneself up. There is a heavier burden of inadequacy that pokes its head. However in the latter, there is the alternative perception of one step at a time- the conviction that we are not there yet and we will have to keep trying until we truly arrive.
Beloved, the charge to become ‘like Christ’ is not one that can be attained overnight. It requires a meticulous and dedicated approach, one with constant review of where we are and where we want to be. It is a charge which in a bid to attain, will reveal moments of weaknesses: times when we just won’t feel up to it. Our humanity will show up, but that in itself is our reminder to keep trying and to revisit the model we are following.