How to be more Christlike?
Being more Christlike is the desire of every believer, and it is encouraging to know that God has the same desire for us. The Bible says that God â€œpredestined believers to be conformed to the likeness of his Sonâ€ (Romans 8:29). Making us Christ-like is Godâ€™s work, and He will see it through to the end (Philippians 1:6).
We should be willing to cooperate with the Holy Spirit. Becoming more Christ-like requires both divine power and the fulfillment of human responsibility.
Three Things to be more Christ Like
1. Surrender To God – Being more Christ-like is the result of surrender to God.Â Romans 12:1-2 says that worship involves a total self-dedication to God. We volunteer our bodies as â€œliving sacrifices,â€ and our minds are renewed and transformed.
2. Freedom From Sin – Being more Christ-like is the result of freedom from sin. Since Jesus lived a sinless life, the more we consider ourselves â€œdead to sinâ€ (Romans 6:11) and live a life of purity, the more like Jesus we will be. As we offer ourselves to God, sin is no longer our master, and we are more clearly identified with Christ (Romans 6:1-14).
3. Spiritual Growth – Being more Christ-like is the result of Christian growth. When we are first saved, we are immature in wisdom and knowledge, and inexperienced in grace and love. But then we grow. In each of these things, our charge is to become strongerâ€”and more Christ-like. â€œGrow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christâ€ (2 Peter 3:18). â€œMay the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone elseâ€ (1 Thessalonians 3:12).
God works in us. â€œWe, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lordâ€ (2 Corinthians 3:18). One day, however, the process will be complete. â€œWhen he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he isâ€ (1 John 3:2).
The promise of being fully Christ-like in the future is in itself motivation for becoming more Christ-like now: â€œEveryone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pureâ€ (1 John 3:3).