Imitating Jesus with His 3 exemplary qualities

Imitating Jesus with His 3 exemplary qualities

Imitating Jesus with His 3 exemplary qualities

I loved sneaking up behind my uncle and imitating his walk when I was a little girl. Both his hands along with his shoulders would swing and rotate in slow motion as his body moved all the way to the right and then all the way to the left. It was as if he was breaking into a slow dance and I giggled every time he turned around wondering what I am trying to do behind him.

Last week, I wrote a very special prayer for every parent <- Click here I pray you will most certainly read it aloud for your own children as well. We love to imitate the good and the bad of our parents, church leaders, celebrities, and other world leaders. Young girls and boys follow their earthly idols and are devastated when these singers or actors fail their expectations.

There is only one unfailing God who took on the very form of Man and showed His Creation how to imitate Him. Imitating Jesus who is not only a perfect Man but also a Sovereign God means He has already set a great example for us to follow. 

Imitating Jesus with His 3 exemplary qualities

Here are the 3 qualities for every believer to Imitate Jesus:

  1. Imitating Jesus in His SERVANTHOOD 

A servant is someone in my opinion one who is diligent in His Master’s field, and who makes sure to look not only for his own interest but also the interest of his Master. A master is someone who treats his servant with respect and dignity.

 

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the Cross.” 

              To imitate Christ in Servanthood
  • We must empty and strip our self of our own vain glory, and fill up with the humility of God.
  • One must seek out willingly the interest of others as well.  Be Selfless and not Selfish.
  • We must be diligent until the work is complete on earth. It is when Jesus cried loudly on the Cross, “It is finished” that HE completed the work the Father gave to HIM.

 

2. Imitating Jesus in His SERVICE  

I remember often reading this quote growing up, “Service to man is service to God” Jesus stepped down from His heavenly throne to serve mankind.The King of all served us all with His humility and love by giving His life to set each one of us free from bondage.

For    even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45(KJV)

Colossians 3:23-24(KJV) And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ”

               To Imitate Christ through Service:
  • One must serve another with our actions without any grudge, hypocrisy, or expecting any favor in return
  • We must serve willingly as if  serving the Lord and not man, even when the task is much difficult.
  • One must study the SON- His compassion for the widows, the love for the little children, utmost care for the hungry crowd, and the groaning for those who weep.

 

3. Imitating Jesus through SUFFERING : 

I struggle to imitate Christ in this area the most. The suffering the Lord endured for a wretched sinner like me is unexplainable and unbearable for me to fathom. Yet the greatest example of love that Jesus showed for humankind was His suffering on this earth.

1 Peter 2:20-21 (KJV)For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his step   

              To Imitate Christ through our sufferings
  • One must be patient in suffering undeserved afflictions
  • One must remain hopeful in the company of friends and believers
  • One must rejoice in suffering for therein we will witness God’s strength and deliverance in due time.

Romans 5:3-5(KJV) And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope:And hope maketh not ashamed;

Note: If you are going through any form of physical, or sexual assault, please do seek help immediately. God has not given anyone permission to violate anyone’s body except to love one another no matter the color, gender ,or race

 

Ponder Upon:

1.    Did you think these three S’s – (Servanthood, Service, and Suffering) are co-related or contrasted with each other?

2.    Which of these three do you struggle with the most?

I love reading your comments, and thank you from the bottom of my heart for visiting me today.

Until next time friends,

Diana

 

About Diana

I am a daughter, sister, wife, and mom to my triplets. Each of these God given roles have shaped me to be the woman I am today. My blog is about how I have found God to be alive in me through the lessons I keep on learning each day. Through the storms and songs in the darkest hour I saw God standing with me.
Christianity is not a religion to me but a personal relationship I have with my Creator who so freely gave His life for me .
Dear Friend, I pray that you too will know this Savior who died not only for your SINS but also for all your SORROWS on the Cross. May you be found in HIM.

Philippians 3:14 (KJV) I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

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  1. I also struggle with the “S” of suffering. It’s amazing to think Christ asks us to take up our own cross. And yet, when we do so, we praise Him all the more for the merciful and kind God He is for enduring such shame for us. He sharpens us further for His glory and into His image in hardship. Wow! Thanks Diana.

    1. We are absolutely sharpened to be in His image through these 3 S’s. I love how you said He wants us to carry our own cross, and learn from HIM in the process.
      Thank you Dani for your blessed comments

  2. Ohhh. That is such a hard one!
    “One must be patient in suffering undeserved afflictions.” How easy that seems when we are not in times of affliction but when those times of hurt and trial come they can be so hard to bear up under. Especially when the temptation is to buckle and get bitter.
    Great post my friend! What a blessing.

    1. Imitating the Suffering of Christ is definitely the hardest one especially when the trial is painful and hurtful. Thank you so much for your amazing comments.
      Blessings

  3. Love this post, Diana. The three “S’s” are spot on in what the life of a believer should look like. Like you, I also struggle the most in the area of suffering. I just pray and ask the Lord to take it away quickly. Yet, that’s not how Jesus handle suffering at all. But then I remind myself to endure the suffering because the promise of 1 Peter 5:10 is coming, after we have suffered a little while, God himself will restore, strengthen, confirm and establish us. We can do it ourselves but trust God to! Blessings!

    1. Oh, Karen I too wish the sufferings would just disappear quickly but the Lord truly wants to strengthen, and establish us through these lessons . He wants us to comfort and strengthen one another as well. I am so glad to read your comments and I pray the Lord will give you enough strength for today .

    1. I am so glad the 3 S’s has made it easier to remember. I pray that you be ever an imitator of Christ no matter what storms may come your way. I loved visiting your blog as well.

  4. It’s always so amazing to me that the very Son of God Himself took on the form of a servant. If he can do it, why can’t I? Thanks for the encouragement to serve, Diana!

    1. Lisa, I love your comments every time. You said it well, if the Son of God can serve why can’t we, right? How often we forget to step down and serve those in need

  5. Oh so much good stuff in this post, Diana! Reading it reminded me of Mathew 25: 40 and 45. I always think of those truths as I try to serve and love others like Jesus called us to do and He did himself.

    The suffering part is hard for me too- how can it NOT be? When I am suffering, I try to lift it up to Christ as an offering for His love.

    1. Amen to your comments. I love Mathew 25:45 how often we forget God’s people and claim to serve God. It made me re – read those passages today again.

  6. Diana, I find it is most difficult to be acquainted with the suffering of Jesus.Thanks for these words of wisdom! Visiting today from #ChasingCommunity

  7. Right now my daily Bible reading is in the book of Jeremiah, and I’m thinking that I need to return to the Gospels. Thank you for this post which puts the life of Jesus on display for my learning and growth.

  8. Beautiful illustrations, Diana, of what imitating Jesus looks like practically. Being hopeful and rejoicing in suffering is the hardest. But it is only through His empowering grace that I can hope to walk any of them out. Sweet blessings!

  9. I love this post. It has so much wisdom. Suffering is the hardest, but so valuable in my life. Through suffering, I have been the most transformed into who God created me to become.

  10. Hello, Diana! Like you and Crystal, suffering is the most challenging way for me to imitate Christ. What helps me most is to also try to imitate the hope in our Father’s perfect will while going through suffering.

  11. Diana,
    I would have to say that Servanthood and Service come easier to me, but participating in Christ’s suffering is often so much harder. We fight and rail against suffering, but it is in the actual act of suffering that we are able to get even the tiniest glimpse of what Christ went through for us. He suffered for us so He could be with us. Through suffering we really come to know His true character and so I do try to count my suffering as joy. Great thought provoking post!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

  12. Patient, hopeful, and rejoicing in suffering can feel nearly impossible, which is why we are most called to ask God to intercede in these times. Thank you for sharing this reminder on #sundaythoughts link up!

  13. Diana, thank you for pointing us to the One who is truly worthy of imitation in every way. To be quiet honest I think the one aspect I least want to imitate is His suffering. And to think that He willingly suffered for me and would do it again — I’m just blown away!
    Wishing you blessings, my friend.

  14. This post went along so well with my reading earlier as it focused on imitating Jesus through His obedience to the Father. Grateful to have been neighbors this morning! Blessings!

  15. I don’t think any of these are easy but I probably find suffering the hardest. We always need to be looking to Jesus’ example though and trying to be more like him.

  16. All three are challenging, but I suppose suffering is the worst. Although Serving can be a form of suffering I’ve found! I definitely depend on Christ to do all of these three things well. Thank you for reminding me of the beauty of our Lord.

  17. I struggle with suffering the most. I’ve had my fair share of heartache over the last few years and it’s easy to find myself complaining and forget the One who holds it all in His hands. Thank you for sharing!

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