God does not expect humans to imitate Jesus Christ. He expects them to surrender to Jesus and allow Him to be demonstrated in their mortal flesh. Without their surrender, He will not do this.
Allowing Christ to be manifested in humans is why God calls humans. They are to bring glory to God in their personal lives, where He would not otherwise be glorified. This is the true spiritual life – literally, God demonstrating Himself in their flesh.
This is the fulfillment of God’s promise of liberty, which Christ made available to humans, freeing them from the yoke of bondage to the Law. Humans are now found righteous by Christ’s verdict, set apart by love, to faith and hope.
Paul wrote in Romans 3:20, “Therefore no one will be declared righteous in His sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.”
In Galatians 2:20, 21, Paul also wrote, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!"
The one standard put forth before humans is the Lord Himself; and they must not allow anything to blur that standard. They need to ask themselves: “Am I allowing Christ’s standard to consume me? Am I measuring my life by His, all the time? When things in life conflict with the claims of Christ, do I put Him first?”
Choate Baptist Church welcomes you to join them for Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., Sunday Morning Worship at 11 a.m., and Sunday Evening Worship at 7 p.m. They also meet on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Brother Odom’s message can be heard on Radio KAML 990 AM each Sunday morning at 8:30.