I love writing about the Lord. Jesus is my biggest inspiration. I also like encouraging and motivating people as much as I can. Whatever the Spirit of Jesus gives me is what I offer in my writing. Now, when I consider Jesus and I think of encouragement, the first thing that comes to mind is to encourage people to be like Jesus. My heart’s desire is to capture as much of the Lord as possible so that people can start to see Him, to seek Him and to follow Him. He is so worthy. He is so amazing. There is no one like Him. There is no one above Him and yet it’s easy for us to go about our day without taking Him into consideration. He deserves our praise and our attention. He deserves our zeal to pursue Him and He deserves to be our priority. What happens when we surrender to Him and we let ourselves strive to be more like Him? Many things happen but I would like to highlight three of those things today.
- We acknowledge the Holy Spirit and we become closer to Him.
Closeness to the Lord implies closeness to His Spirit. If we ignore the Holy Spirit, if we don’t know or learn about Him, we won’t be able to get to know Jesus. Jesus sent His Spirit so we could get know Him better, so we could have Him inside our hearts. The Holy Spirit is the gateway to Jesus. He is the door that lets us in. He is the password that gives us access into the mysteries of the Lord. He is the doorway to God. He is our connection to Heaven. He is the holder of all the keys that open the house of the Lord. We actually become His house so He can host us in the presence of the Lord. The Holy Spirit is everything so we can’t treat Him like nothing. If you want to be more like Jesus, become friends with the Holy Spirit. Acknowledge Him in all you do. See Him as the Person He is and thank the Lord for Him. Learn to recognize His voice. Start with the voice He has in His Word and you will end up hearing His voice in your heart.
- We pray as often as we can.
Jesus prayed a lot when He was on earth. He still intercedes for us. He is a God of prayer. Imitating Him is a step in the right direction. We can get there by taking the path of prayer. Prayer can and should be a habit. Our flesh is not a fan of praying and it will do whatever it takes to distract us. However, once we have made contact with the Holy Spirit, His influence will be a daily occurrence if we are sensitive to Him. Establishing a routine is key. Praying first thing in the morning is a great way to start the day. Praying before bed is a great way to end the day. Prayer gives us so much spiritual energy and it cleanses us on the inside. It makes us focus on the Lord and it gives us a chance to seek His face and hear from Him. Prayer is about letting God do most of the talking and letting His Spirit show us what to talk about.
- We do our best to love like Jesus.
It would be amazing if our love for others could be just like Jesus’ love for the world. We can do our best to love more like Him but our love will never be paralleled to His. Now, with His Spirit in us, with the habit of praying and with a portion of His love, we can love in a powerful way. The Lord’s Spirit encourages us to seek love and to live in love and in peace with everyone. Prayer then becomes a selfless act that is meant to bless others first. I think we should pray to love more like Jesus. It should be a goal and it should be a strong desire of ours hearts. We can start now. How? Taking care of those who need to be loved is how we can do it. With everything that is going on in the world, people need love and kindness. There are people left all alone that need a reassuring voice and a smile even if it’s virtual. Loving others is imitating the Jesus of the Bible and not succumbing to the Jesus man and religion created. Remember that Jesus loves unconditionally. He never says “But” or “If”. He says “Love.” Period. When you become more like Jesus, you start sharing His mind and you carry His heart. Be a Jesus carrier wherever you go!
Suggested reading: Psalm 143:8; Colossians 3:14; 1 John 2:9-10