Emulate The Master
“Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world..” 1 John 4:17
It is imperative for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness which constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know that it is God’s plan from the beginning to make man like Jesus Christ. Emulating our Master cannot be achieved without spiritual maturity. Spiritual maturity in turn cannot be achieved without a deep understanding and persistent application of the virtues of Scripture. All we know, all we understand, all we believe about the truths of the Gospel of God’s Righteousness must come together into patterns of thinking which become habitual and then we must follow through with our words and our deeds as well.
The Gospel of God’s Righteousness not only saves us but also teaches us to emulate our Master’s faith, perseverance, generosity and His wisdom.
Let us identify some of the character traits of our Master that we the elects should emulate.
Without a doubt, Jesus was the ultimate servant. Although He was praised as a great teacher and had a great following, Jesus made sure to teach us to be servants by actually doing it Himself. Mk 10:45 Despite having the authority to get anything He wanted, have people praise and pamper Him, Jesus did the exact opposite by lowering Himself in serving others.
Jesus never looked away from people but He always looked upon them and had compassion. Mt 9:36 Whenever people were around him, Jesus understood what their real needs were and sought to address them. At times, for some, physical healing was necessary, for others the root issue was spiritual.
One of the most startling things said in Scripture is found in Luke 23:34, when Jesus was on the cross and proclaimed “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Even while bleeding and experiencing pain, Jesus had His heart set on forgiveness – even forgiving those who put Him there in the first place!
Obviously, Jesus had a love for others. If He didn’t, He wouldn’t be compassionate nor a servant. Jesus claimed that there is no greater love than to die for others. If anyone doubts His love, all they have to do is to look upon His willingness to be baptized by John so that He may carry our sins upon Himself and die on the cross for our sakes. He endured with joy the horrible death so that we can be saved and sanctified in order to be rescued from this present wicked age and world order.
No matter how busy His ministry got, He found time to be alone and pray. Whether it is the Garden of Gethsemane or on a mountain top, Jesus constantly prayed. People always try to find Him and He never turned them away but He also made sure to make it a priority to spend time with His Heavenly Father.
Jesus had no lack of commitment whatsoever. Wherever He was, whoever He was with, He was fully committed to His goal and mission. Despite praying fervently in the Garden of Gethsemane to avoid the agony of bearing the cross, He stayed completely committed to the Father’s will. There were certainly many obstacles during His ministry but Jesus stayed on track and finished strong.
Jesus had every opportunity and right to demand praise and accolades for His miracles and teachings but He never did. Even when the crowd sought to make Him King, He rushed away from their grasp. He did not want to become a sideshow performance that people could enjoy. Instead, He wanted to seek and save the lost and offer forgiveness for the sinners.
8. Self Control
Prior to His earthly ministry, Jesus spend time being tempted by the devil in the wilderness. Although He was offered food, power and privileges, Jesus controlled His desires and submitted to the will of the Father. Yes, He had desires for food and such but He had a greater desire to obey His Father and accomplish His will.