Every Way Like Christ
We’ve found new life in Christ and now live in His freedom. We play with ease, share with our teammates about how God has saved and redeemed us and we seek to serve those around us.
As followers of Jesus, we are to be rooted and grow deep in the life of Christ and learn how to live Every Way Like Christ.
Our faith should impact every part of our lives and deepen our relationship with Jesus and others. From embracing Everything in Christ, reaching Everyone Through Christ, and acting Every Way Like Christ, we shift our focus from the things of this world to the blessings in Christ.
"But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into him who is the head—Christ." -Ephesians 4:15
We continue living Every Way Like Christ by showing others the richness of life He invites us to be a part of.
When we know the playbook forwards and backwards, we’re confident in whatever play our coach calls. When it’s called in the huddle, we don’t even have to think; our mind goes to the route and our body automatically makes the movements. We’re certain of what we’re running as a team, and we’re certain of our own part to play.
With our newfound freedom and salvation through Jesus, we can stand confident about our role in God’s family.
But we need to strengthen our faith and understand the life God is calling us to. He wants us to know Him better, love Him with all our hearts and to love our neighbors, teammates, family and community (Matthew 22:37-40).
How do we stay rooted in the new life we have through Christ?
If we are fully invested into having a Christ-like attitude, we must surround ourselves with people and tools imperative to our spiritual well-being.
"So then, just as you have received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to walk in him, being rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and overflowing with gratitude." - Colossians 2:6-7
Study God’s Word
The Bible is God’s Word. It is alive and active, and it is where we can hear His voice and heart. He has the ultimate wisdom, and when we ask for understanding or to know what He wants to say, we expect to hear from Him. The more we memorize Scripture, the more we can stand against the enemy’s attacks. And the more we can fight back, the more we stand victorious through the promises of God and the work Jesus has already done.
“For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” - Hebrews 4:12
Be in Prayer
Prayer is sometimes seen as a last resort when it should actually be our first action. Prayer is powerful—we get to come before the God of the universe as His son or daughter, free to tell Him anything, and He will hear us because of the righteousness of His Son. Prayer changes things, and it draws us into closer conversation with our Creator. We get to know His heart and His will, and it refines us as well. There is nothing better than getting to know God better and seeing Him answer prayer.
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is very powerful in its effect.” - James 5:16
Meet with People
This is a harsh world full of tragedy, temptation, disappointments and heartache. But it’s better when we’re together. God created us for community, and He knows how we can encourage one another, disciple and grow together. When we are united in Christ, we are His hands and feet, charged with lending a helping hand to someone in need, offering a place of refuge and sharing the love of Christ with a world in need of His light. The more we grow together, the greater the Kingdom impact.
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. Everyone should look not to his own interests, but rather to the interests of others.” - Philippians 2:3-4
Let’s build our lives on Him who is our cornerstone. Let His strong roots entwine with yours for Kingdom service.
Pour out your heart for Him, so when challenges come, you won’t only be ready, but you will have a solid foundation from which to face them.