We must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ . . . Ephesians 4:15b
Do you remember, as a child, what you wanted to be when you grew up? A police officer? A firefighter? A doctor? A veterinarian? In the Christian faith we can choose to pursue a career in any field we desire, but whatever our chosen profession is, we are also supposed to be finding ways to live, behave, and resemble Jesus. The goal of our lives, according to the apostle Paul, is to serve as reflections of Jesus in the world. When we finally grow up in faith, we should somehow take on the characteristics of Christ. You can do whatever vocational work you want to in this life, but when it comes to who you are called to be, the answer is clear: you are to be like Jesus.
Have you ever thought of trying to live like Jesus?
Lord, I can’t even begin to envision trying to live my life as You lived yours. I suspect that is because I have always been told You were, and are, perfect. I look at my own life and my own choices in living . . . and perfection is simply not a word that describes who I am. Living like You seems an impossibility. Perhaps simply trying to live by Your words and Your example is a start. I am willing to try, if You are willing to help me grow up. In Your name, I pray. AMEN.