07: Living Like Christ – Hit the Mark

Walking on WaterWhere have all of the nice Christians gone? I know they still exist. I have seen them. They stand out because of their constant cheerfulness, even in trying situations. They never have anything negative to say about anyone, including the growing online internet bashing and mocking of others (check out a typical Facebook feed). They always appear supportive of others and are known for their willingness to lend a helping hand.

Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner. Luke 7:39

I hear stories of their selfless acts of charity and kindness. It is astounding to hear the reports of families that have opened their homes to strangers who were in need. We’ve all seen the grieving parent who, by human standards, should hold hatred to someone who has injured or taken the life of their child, yet they manifest a forgiveness that can only be described as miraculous.

And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?” Luke 9:54

I know of stories of Christians who have with great sacrifice gone into remote and dangerous parts of this world to help bring relief to the suffering. They are also found on some of our own dangerous inner city streets laboring with the disenfranchised and forgotten. Their patience, sympathy and compassion shine as a bright beacon light showing the power of a true Christian lifestyle.

And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. Luke 10:31-32

We all have so much to learn about living like Jesus. I admit that my actions have much too often been contrary to the examples left by Christ. We are shaped by our cultures and upbringing, and we have so much to unlearn. Even those who walked and talked with Christ on a daily basis were so slow to learn of the depth of His goodness and compassion.

The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. Luke 18:11

We live in an increasingly angry world. If ever there was a time when the softening influence of love demonstrated through the deeds and words of Christians is needed, it is now.

Here are a few Hit the Mark questions for this week’s lesson discussion:

  • What does “living like Christ” mean to you?
  • What is the process that God employs to change our hearts?
  • What, if any, is the difference between a Christian and a person of good morals who makes no claim of Christianity?
  • Is it realistic to expect a Christian to always speak and act like Christ? Why yes or no?
  • Is it true that God is more concerned with your heart than any of your actions that might appear on the surface to be contrary to being Christ like? Explain your answer.
  • Is the following statement True, Mostly True, Somewhat True or Not True: It would be easier to live like Christ if one is secluded from society such as being in a monastery. Explain your answer.

We close this week with the wise words of Paul written to the followers of Christ in Philippi:

If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.

Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion. Philippians 2:1-8 The Message

Until next week, let’s all continue to Hit the Mark in Sabbath School!



07: Living Like Christ – Hit the Mark — 4 Comments

  1. Thank you for this wonderful, I have been blessed about messages of loving our enemies. Today I forgave my enemy and asked for God's forgiveness.

  2. i have been blessed so much,loving your enemy is good.Infact i have a question,i am a sda christian very muuh devoted and love my fellow brethren.My problem is this,i have assisted my brother find about Four different jobs and of late i found a job for him but after two months he resigned out of anger from frustrations from his supervisor and it happened that am senior to that supervisor,now later he wanted to come back but it was late he had written a resignation and i also said if he had resigned let him go home,besides that he is staying with a woman who is not his wife and this made me fill bitter considering the way he has abandoned his wife and children and feeding a woman who is not his wife.This brother hates me because of telling him the truth and is spreading romours that i made him loose the job.the truth is that i always pray for him but i do not talk to him until such a time that my heart will be free.Can i classify him as an enemy?for now he is back to his job but we are not in the same department.How do you love such a person who is not appreciating?

    • Ombati, thanks for your comment. I'm sorry to hear about your situation. Personally, I see no reason to classify this brother as your enemy. If he feels that way about you let that be on him. Keep being kind and polite and the best way to do that is to remember the example of Jesus as He walked this earth. I honestly believe that if you care enough to pray and ask God to make your heart right, He will honor and answer that prayer.
      Not everyone will want or receive the help offered. That's just a sad part of life. We cannot always make relationships right but we can do our part to not make things worse. Keep doing the right thing. Blessings.

  3. I came across this this morning and thought it went right along with this week's lesson:
    The happiness of life is made up of little things. It is in the power of everyone to practice true Christlike courtesy. It is not the possession of splendid talents that will help us to overcome, but the conscientious performance of daily duties. The kind look, the lowly spirit, the contented disposition, the unaffected, sincere interest in the welfare of others—these things are helps in the Christian life. If the love of Jesus fills the heart, this love will be manifested in the life. We shall not show a determination to have our own way, a stubborn, selfish unwillingness to be happy or pleased. The health of the body depends more upon heart healthfulness than many suppose. Ellen White, 2 Selected Messages, pg 237


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