WALK AS JESUS DID

This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.
1 JOHN 2:5-6

I have always found the above verse very intimidating. It says that if we are truly living in Christ, we must walk as Jesus did. How did Jesus walk?
Jesus healed the sick. He perceived the needs and situations of others supernaturally. He spoke boldly into the lives of the unsaved. He met people’s needs by leading them to the kingdom of God. I can only conclude from this verse that if we are each called to live this way, Jesus will also equip us to do so.
 
How did Jesus walk? He walked on Earth as a human being, not as God, yet He was God. He performed miracles as a human being who tapped into the power of His heavenly Father. This is why He can exhort us to live like He did—not as deity, but as a human being who could appropriate all the Father had for Him. This is what Jesus meant when He said we are to live as He lived. We are to exercise obedience and faith, just as He did.
 
I believe we live in a day that requires more than proclamation evangelism to break through in the workplace. We live and work in a skeptical society. It takes more than reasoning to see those in the workplace come to Christ. The workplace is trained to see past phonies, so it will require the genuine love and power of Christ manifested to break through to a Muslim coworker, a power-driven executive or a foul-mouthed construction worker.
 
Jesus modeled this way of reaching the lost. He did not use reasoning to convince a person to follow Him but often received supernatural revelation about a need in a person’s life. Such was the case of the Samaritan woman. This encounter not only led to a woman placing her faith in the Messiah but also to the transformation of a city.
 
Next time you have an encounter with an unsaved associate, find out about a need he or she has and ask God how you can meet it through His power.

Hillman, O. (2011). Tgif: today god is first. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell.


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