| A Heart Like Jesus
So let's try to imagine something. Imagine
if for one day Jesus was to become you. Imagine for the next 24 hours, Jesus
wakes up in your bed, walks in your shoes, lives in your house, and assumes your
schedule? Your teacher becomes His teacher, your boss becomes His boss, and your
stress becomes His stress?. Nothing in your life is different. Your body is the
same. Your circumstances remain unchanged. Your problems are still there.
But one thing has changed and that is that you have taken on Jesus'
heart. For one day, Jesus lives your life with His heart. Your life is directed
by the heart of Christ. His priorities govern your actions. His passions drive
your decisions. His love directs your behavior.
So let's imagine what it
would be like?
1. What would you be like? Would people notice a change?
2. Would your family notice a difference?
3. Would your coworkers notice
And what about you? Would you notice a difference?
How would you feel?
2. Would this transplant of Jesus' heart change your
stress level? How about your mood or your temper or your interest?
Jesus taking over your heart, would anything change?
Over the next few
weeks we want to work on cultivating a heart like Jesus'. Philippians 2:5 Paul
suggested that we should do this.
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
John put it like this
If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the
Son of God, God lives in him and he in God.
So if we have
Jesus living in us, then why aren't we all living like Christ? The answer is
because being transformed into Christ is a process that requires our involvement
and effort. Just because Jesus is living in us doesn't mean He is allowed to be
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old
self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;
23 to be made new
in the attitude of your minds;
24 and to put on the new self, created to be
like God in true righteousness and holiness.
passage we see two things that we need to do:
1. We Need To Choose
First, We need to choose transformation - it must
be intentional. It has to do with a conscious choice to 'put off' and 'put on' -
dropping the old and taking up the new. It has to do with the attitude of the
mind. This kind of transformation is not a one-time thing; it is not a sprint,
it's a marathon.
It is a daily, consistent choice to 'put off' and 'put
on'; the deliberate choice to choose godly attitudes and ways over ours. So on
the one hand, the transformation process is not passive; it is proactive, and it
involves our choices and effort.
We make many decisions every day, and
each time we choose to be like Christ and do things like Christ, we are a step
closer to His likeness.
2. We Need To Cooperate With God
It must be spiritual or supernatural. The Ephesians 4 passage
said, "to be made new ." That is a passive activity.
Paul explains the
same in 2 Cor. 3:18:
2 Corinthians 3:18
And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory,
are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes
from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
This has to do with our
connection to and dependence on Jesus, through the Spirit.
Jesus said in
John 15: "Apart from me, you can do nothing." (Jn. 15:5)
I am the vine; you are the branches. If
a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can
Ultimately lasting change does not come through
a good program or good counseling - it comes from Him. It comes through the
power of God.
I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
Our conscious and consistent time spent with God opens our
heart to the work of God's Spirit within us.
The story is told about a
lady who had a small house on the seashore of Ireland at the turn of the
century. She was quite wealthy but also quite frugal. The people were surprised,
then, when she decided to be among the first to have electricity in her home.
Several weeks after the installation, a meter reader appeared at her door. He
asked if her electricity was working well, and she assured him it was. "I'm
wondering if you can explain something to me," he said. "Your meter shows
scarcely any usage. Are you using your power? "Certainly," she answered. "Each
evening when the sun sets, I turn on my lights just long enough to light my
candles; then I turn them off." She had tapped into the power but didn't use it.
Her house was connected but not affected. Many Christians are just like
that today - connected but not affected. We have our souls saved but our hearts
are unchanged. We occasionally flip the switch, but most of the time we settle
What would happen if we left the light on?
What if we
kept the power flowing?
What would happen if we lived constantly in the
Wouldn't it be great if we were constantly employing God's power to
live like Christ?
The same God who saved our souls longs to remake our
hearts. Unfortunately, our desire for transformation is often not as great as
God's. The transformation process is not finished until God says it is finished.
Our goal must not be to simply become religious or well-respected.
Should not even simply to become a leader in the church. Our goal must be to
become like Christ and have His heart. If we lose sight of this goal, then we
will stop before the finish line. No wonder the average Christian lives a life
that is not much different from that of an unbeliever. They haven't seen the
race through to the end - to maturity in Christ.
1. How is our heart
condition today? On a scale of 1-10, how close would we say it reflects the
heart of Christ?
2 How is our power usage? On a scale of 1-10, how much are
we tapping into God's power?