Followers of Jesus, Christians, are called to be like Him. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 11:1, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” In 1 John 2:6, John says, “Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.” Jesus, Himself, is recorded as saying “Follow Me” twenty times in the Gospels. And in Matthew 16:24, He said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” Being like Jesus is no easy or simple task. Consider some of the things He did…
Jesus recruited others. Not only did He recruit the twelve on two occasions (Matthew 19:21, Luke 9:57-61) we read about Him telling others to follow Him. It is not hard to imagine that this was more common than is recorded.
Jesus served other people. He healed those who were sick (Matthew 4:24, 8:16, and many more) and He provided food for those who were hungry (Matthew 14, 15). Granted His methods were miraculous, but I am very certain that He would accept our visiting the sick and buying food for the hungry. His most, well known act of service was washing feet. Dirty, smelly, sweaty feet—including the feet of the man who would betray Him (John 13).
Jesus loved others. When Jesus said “Love your Neighbor” (Matthew 22:39) is the second greatest commandment, He meant it and He did it. He spent time with the unclean, the ones society rejected, the tax collectors, and others. He talked with them. He touched them. He ate with them. He loved them.
We must follow His example. We should recruit others (also known as evangelism or sharing your faith), serve others (using time and resources without limit), and love others (more than ourselves). Doing these things feels uncomfortable and can potentially cause others to feel uncomfortable. This is okay. Christianity is not about our personal comfort. Jesus obviously did not come to the earth looking for a comfy life. Somehow you and I have to become UNCOMFORTABLE being comfortable. How comfortable are you?