Many times in the New Testament, Christians are called to imitate Jesus Christ by the way we think, speak, and act. Here are a few examples of disciples of Jesus being called to follow the example of Jesus Christ:
I Corinthians 11:1 – Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.
Ephesians 5:1-2 – Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.
Philippians 2:5 – Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus.
I Peter 2:21 – For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps.
We know we will never think, speak, and act exactly as Jesus did when He was in a physical body on earth; however, it is our goal and desire to live in such a way that people are brought closer to Christ because of how we live. Jesus said, people will know we are His disciples if we have agape love for one another. Consider the following illustration and then make application to your life:
On a wall near the main entrance to the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas is a portrait with the following inscription: “James Butler Bonham – no picture of him exists. This portrait is of his nephew, Major James Bonham, deceased, who greatly resembled his uncle. It is placed here by the family that people may know the appearance of the man who died for freedom.”