In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John1:1
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14
It's important that in our quest to be more like Christ we first, have a clear understanding of who Jesus Christ really is. As the verses above clearly states, Christ was with God from the beginning even before anything was created. Christ is God the Son, and the word of God.
As Christians, we believe that Jesus Christ is our Lord, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, one in Being with the Father and through him all things were made.
For the sake of our salvation, he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit, he was born of the Virgin Mary, and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered, was brutalized, killed, and was buried. On the third day he defeated death by rising from the grave in fulfillment of Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated on the right hand of God the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead; His kingdom will have no end.
Becoming more like Christ means to first acknowledge him as Lord and Savior. Receive him as your Lord and Savior. Submit your life to his Lordship. Study his life. Study and believe his word. Mirror his life and example as a lifestyle thereby reflecting his image and character and become or continue to be a true christian- follower of Jesus Christ .
Of course we can only imitate the life example of Christ on earth if we study his life . As Christians we need to study the bible for wisdom, understanding, growth, preparedness and maturity.
The bible is vast; We must acknowledge and accept the fact that we can't fully understand everything in it but as we continuously study; We gain more knowledge and understanding.
The world will test and challenge our faith and our knowledge/understanding of the bible, we need to be prepared so as to clearly articulate our convictions, belief and understanding of the faith we profess.
It is true that we can forget what we know; But what we understand is ours to keep. To be more like Christ means a clear understanding of the following..
God is Supreme, Eternal and His every word endures forever. Heaven and earth will pass away; The Cloud, Moon , Sun and Stars will fall; The Seas will overflow the earth; The universe will loose its orderliness before the word of God fail because God's word sustains his creation.
God is in control of his creation including humans; Human, world and governmental affairs. Nothing happens unless God approves or allows it. Like someone ones said...
God is like a master chess player who already knows the outcome.... With all his keys on the board... he reserves some... preserve some.. strategizes with some... Sacrifices some.
Christ always made clear all through his life as the New Testament accounts that its all about his Fathers will not his; Even towards the end of his life, knowing what was going to happen to him he pleaded with God the Father...
He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.” Mat26:42.
He choose to fulfill the will of his Father over his own will even though he knew he was going to suffer, humiliated, brutalized, killed and buried.
For us to be more like Christ, true Christians-followers of Christ we must put Gods will over ours; We must be willing to be the one or one of those he reserve, preserve, strategizes with or sacrifices; And until we are willing to do this, only then will we be serving God in truth and in Spirit.
God dearly loves us. John3:16 reads... for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
Romans 5:7-8 reads.... Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Jeremiah 29:11 reads...For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
John 10:10 reads...The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
These verses should at least give some idea of how much God loves us.
God created humans to love and worship him; 1 Corinthians 2:9 ..... However, as it is written:“What no eye has seen,what no ear has heard,and what no human mind has conceived”—the things God has prepared for those who love him. As Christ said... the greatest comandment is to love God with all your heart, Soul and body.
While we may have different gifts, talents, abilities; The purpose for which God created all humans is the same; And that is to love and worship him.
As true Christians we worship God as a lifestyle in every day life, every time every where. Whatever gifts, talent and abilities we possess was give to us by God to worship him. We should use them to his glory.
Gods grace is not merited. No matter how righteous or self righteous we may be, there's none righteous before God. He has given us grace because of his love for us.
The gift of access; Also because of his love God gave us access to him. While doing our best Continuously Consistently to be more like Christ and live uprightly, we should with the gift of access approach the thrown of grace humbly, soberly but with confidence knowing that God is Supreme, in control, loves us and his mercy endures forever.
With these and more understanding , we can begin/continue our quest to be more like Christ; Understanding we can be more like him but never quite like him because he was God with us in human form; While we are just humans. Following his life as a model and standard will put us in a position for his word to manifest in our lives and grow to reach our maximum potential in Christ Jesus.