Often, we emulate those who we admire. Today Paul calls us to become more like Christ by dying to ourselves and rising in Christ. We are called to let go of the ways of our flesh and live into the Spirit. We are called to let go of fear and live in hope. We are called to let go of greed and live in generosity. We are called to let go of our sin and live into the life God desires for us. To be in Christ is to take Christ’s form, dying and rising with him and living in union with the Spirit. Taking the form of Jesus is not optional for Christians, but is the very essence of who we are as individuals and a community, both now and in the future.
Who are the people you most admire and how have you tried to emulate them in your own life? What characteristics of Jesus do you feel you exhibit in your own life and which do you struggle to show?
Today, offer a prayer of thanksgiving for those who have shown you what it means to live as a disciple of Jesus.