He’s Like Me

Dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to live as I do…Galatians 4:12 NLT


So I urge you to imitate me. 1 Corinthians 4:16 NLT

Why is Paul telling us to be like him? Aren’t we supposed to follow Jesus as our only example?

There’s a story of a man who was trying to share Jesus with an atheist every day. Finally the atheist had heard enough and told the man he would let him say one more sentence about Jesus, and after that he did not want to hear any more. If you could only say one sentence about Jesus, what would you say?

Knowing he could not say anything about Jesus after one sentence, he had to choose his words carefully, so he told the atheist, “He’s like me.” When I heard this story, my first thought was that was a very prideful thing to say! Who goes around saying “Jesus is like me?” But the man was not prideful. He was sincere. According to the story, the atheist told the man, “Well if He is like you, I want to learn more about Him.”

The man chose his words carefully, because he knew that even though he might not be able to talk to the man about Jesus, the man would still be watching him. It’s been said of children, but I believe it is also true of adults, that while they may not always be listening to us, they are always watching us. And to answer the question, Who goes around saying, “Jesus is like me?” The answer is, everyone who calls themselves a Christian.  

While Paul says, “imitate me” in the next verse he says, “I follow Christ.” 1 Corinthians 4:17 NLT

Paul makes it more clear what he meant here.

And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ. 1 Corinthians 11:1 NLT

Paul wanted people to follow him only as he follows Christ. While Jesus told us to follow Him and not other Christians, we still have a powerful influence. 

Throw a pebble into the lake, and a wave is formed, and another and another; and as they increase, the circle widens, until it reaches the very shore. So with our influence. Beyond our knowledge or control it tells upon others in blessing or in cursing. -Ellen White, Christ Object Lessons, Page 340. 

How does your influence affect how people think about Jesus? Can people honestly say Jesus is like you? 

And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image. 2 Corinthians 3:18 NLT 

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About William Earnhardt

William Earnhardt has been a Bible Worker, literature evangelist and lay pastor in Oklahoma and Texas, before coming to the Tampa Bay area, where he has been a Bible instructor and lay pastor for the past 12 years. He has also held revivals and evangelism seminars, as well as soul winning workshops from Peru to Connecticut. You can find William's study guides and devotionals at williamdearnhardt.com


He’s Like Me — 5 Comments

  1. Paul's comment in Galatians 4:12, is ,as we know, uses similar admonitions elsewhere. His method of teaching in other churches was, instruction by example. That was his most effective method and the timing was ideal. The Galatian believers had grown attached to Paul and they knew his love and care for them was reciprocal.

  2. So what do we do when we imitate Paul, who follows Christ? Paul outlined it so well in his instruction to Timothy, which applys to all Christians. "For physical training is of some value, but godliness (spiritual training) is of value in everything and in every way, since it holds promise for the present life and for the life to come....we have fixed our [confident] hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all people...."
    1 TIMOTHY 4:8‭,10. AMP. We are watched. Through Christ who strengthens us we can be imitated also, because we fix our eyes on Him, being confident that He is kept at our right hand. Psalms 16:8.

    • Ellen G. White stated that we should strive to emulate the character of Christ. When we do, with the help of the Holy Spirit other looking in will see Jesus.

  3. Thanks William, I find in life that I respond to stories and often remember them.
    Jesus was a story teller too. You challenged us when you asked if we had only one sentence to tell about Jesus - what would we say? and thankfully gave the answer and explanation.
    So I am aware that folks are watching me too and try to be a witness to Jesus in my daily life, and I also, ask for the Holy Spirit to dwell within me daily.
    Godbless today, Mrs A Stolz


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