3. To Become More Like Him
I have a friend from Mississippi who has a sweet southern accent. Whenever we get to spend time together, or have more than a brief conversation, I find myself getting off the phone with a drawl that doesn’t come naturally to me. We tend to take on the traits of the people we hang out with. It’s the same reason we worry about the friends our children spend their time with. We know they will affect them, either positively or negatively.
The same is true with Christ. To become more like Jesus, we simply must spend more time with him.
Sometimes it’s easier to pick up the phone and chat with an old friend than it is to go to God in prayer. I’m embarrassed to say I don’t always want to. I’m busy, or have other stuff I want to do. The truth is life is full of humdrum activities that feel like a waste of time, yet we know are important. As a mom I feel this in the kitchen daily, making all the meals and snacks, cleaning up from one only to realize it’s time for the next. Even exercising can feel like a waste of time to me. Of course, I know the benefits, but there are so many things on my never-ending to-do list that seem more appealing and “productive” to accomplish in the moment.
Even necessary tasks feel like a waste, though we know that without them we will wilt and wither. Over time, we make small decisions to choose him, to pursue him, yearning to become more like him.
We have 24 hours in a day, 168 in a week, and 8,760 in a year. If we aren’t wasting our time with God, we will waste it on something else, and who or what is more deserving of time extravagantly spent?
In John 13:34-35, Jesus said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” No one can accomplish such a commandment with their own strength. When we spend time with him, as Jesus’ disciples spent their time in his presence, we become more like him, and so we are able to do what he calls us to do: to love and serve one another.
The things we waste our time on show others, particularly non-believers, the desires of our hearts. What better way to bring others to Christ than to desire his presence and radiate his love in hopes that we would rub off on others the light of his life.
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