Walking Like Christ

“For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps.” 1 Peter 2:21

The longer we walk with Christ, the more like Him we become. This quote by George Hodges (1856-1919), and American Episcopal theologian expresses it well:

Evidently, in order to be a manifestation of Christ, we must in some way be like Him. He is a Christian who follows Christ, who measures all things by the standard of His approbation, who would not willingly say a word which he would not like to have Christ hear, nor do an act which he would not like to have Christ see. He is a Christian who tries to be the kind of neighbor Christ would be, and who asks himself in all the alternatives of his business life, and his social life, and his personal life, what would the Master do in this case? The best Christian is he who most reminds the people with whom he lives of the Lord Jesus Christ. He who never reminds anybody of the Lord Jesus Christ is not a Christian at all.

Whoever claims to abide in Him must walk as Jesus walked.” 1 John 2:6

For more about imitating Christ see these posts:

Leaders Who Imitate Christ

Practicing Brotherly Love

Keep in Step with the Spirit

Are You a Christian?

“Evidently, in order to be a manifestation of Christ, we must in some way be like Him.  He is a Christian, who follows Christ, who measures all things by the standard of His approbation, who would not willingly say a word which he would not like to have Christ hear, nor do an act which he would not like to have Christ see. He is a Christian who tries to be the kind of neighbor Christ would be, and the kind of citizen Christ would be, and who asks himself in all the alternatives of his business life, and his social life, and his personal life, what would the Master do in this case?  The best Christian is he who most reminds the people with whom he lives of the Lord Jesus Christ.  He who never reminds anybody of the Lord Jesus Christ is not a Christian at all.”

George Hodges

After reading this quote, what do you think (be honest)?  Do you remind anybody of Christ?  Are you truly a Christian?

“But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.” Romans 13:14

For more on the marks of a Christian see these posts:

How Do You Know You’re a Christian?

What Does Piety Look Like #2

Love Like God

For another quote by George Hodges go to:

An Opportunity?

 

 

 

An Opportunity?

George Hodges  (1856-1919) was an American Episcopal theologian.  He helped to establish the Kingsley Association in Pittsburgh, Pa. which was dedicated to helping migrant workers.  I hope you enjoy this quote from my daily devotional.  It helps me to think of my daily problems and worries this way.

“Every trouble is an opportunity to win the grace of strength.  Whatever else trouble is in the world for, it is here for this good purpose:  to develop strength.  For a trouble is a moral and spiritual task.  It is something which is hard to do.  And it is in the spiritual world as in the physical, strength is increased by encounter with the difficult.  A world without any trouble in it would be, to people of our kind, a place of spiritual enervation and moral laziness.  Fortunately, every day is crowded with care.  Every day to every one of us brings its questions, its worries, and its tasks, brings its sufficiency of trouble.  Thus we get our spiritual exercise.  Every day we are blessed with new opportunities for the development of strength of soul.”