Why Should I Want To Be Like Jesus? -- By: Larry E. McCall

Journal: Reformation and Revival
Volume: RAR 08:4 (Fall 1999)
Article: Why Should I Want To Be Like Jesus?
Author: Larry E. McCall

Why Should I Want To Be Like Jesus?

Larry E. McCall

What would Jesus do?” Bracelets and necklaces with the now familiar “WWJD” acronym seem to be everywhere. No doubt many adults and young people wearing the WWJD ornaments are well-intended in wanting to have a regular reminder to check the choices they make in everyday life. We should be thankful that these people are showing an apparent concern for the happiness of Jesus above their own. I do wonder, however, how much these young people know about Jesus—how much they know of His character. If the basis of their decision making is “What would Jesus do?” one must make the assumption that the decision maker knows what Jesus would do. Have the WWJD wearers made a study of that issue so that they can make well-informed decisions? A few may have done just that, but sadly, most have not. I fear that as a backlash to this presumptive approach to “what would Jesus do,” some “thinking” Christians might demean the subject altogether. Some might say that the issue of “What would Jesus do?” is unanswerable or unimportant. I would like to passionately suggest that “What would Jesus do?” should indeed be asked by sincere Christians. Knowing in some fundamental way the answer to that question will affect how I approach my life as a follower of Christ. Instead of speculating “What would Jesus do?” maybe a better pursuit would be “What did Jesus do?” And, how did the activities of Jesus reflect His character? And, how is the character of Jesus reflected in my own life?

As a professing Christian, I am clearly told in the Bible that I must pattern my life after Christ. The kind of character seen in Jesus must also be seen in me. The apostle John said it like this, “The one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked” (1 John 2:6). Why should I take time to study what Jesus was really like? Why should I be concerned with being like Jesus?

Because It Is My Calling

Jesus stood before a Galilean crowd and said, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls” (Matt. 11:28–30). King Jesus Himself has given me His gracious command to come to Him to learn. I am called not primarily to an institution or a particular body of doctrine, but to a real person. And it is from that real person with all His attributes that I am to learn. King Jesus calls me to come to Him to learn, and I must obey His authoritative command. As I respond, my ...

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