How You Can Be Like Christ
Christ as role model

Be like Christ

I suppose there is almost no one who would deny, if it were put to him, that the greatest
possible attainment a man can make in this world is likeness to The Lord Jesus Christ.
Certainly no one would deny that there is nothing but character that we can carry out of
life with us, and that our prospect of good in any future life will certainly vary with the
resemblance of our character to that of Jesus Christ, which is to rule the whole future. We
all admit that; but almost every one of us offers to himself some apology for not being
like Christ, and has scarcely any clear reality of aim of becoming like Him. Why, we say
to ourselves, or we say in our practice, it is really impossible in a world such as ours is to
become perfectly holy. One or two men in a century may become great saints; given a
certain natural disposition and given exceptionally favouring circumstances, men may
become saintly; but surely the ordinary run of men, men such as we know ourselves to
be, with secular disposition and with many strong, vigorous passions—surely we can
really not be expected to become like Christ, or, if it is expected of us, we know that it is
impossible. On the contrary, Paul says, “We all,” “we all.” Every Christian has that for a
destiny: to be changed into the image of his Lord. And he not only says so, but in this one
verse he reveals to us the mode of becoming like Christ, and a mode, as we shall find, so
simple and so infallible in its working that a man cannot understand it without renewing
his hope that even he may one day become like Christ.
In order to understand this simplest mode of sanctification we must look back at the
incident that we read in the Book of Exodus (xxxiv. 29-35.). Paul had been reading how
when Moses came down from the mount where he had been speaking with God his face
shone, so as to dazzle and alarm those who were near him.
They at once recognised that that was the glory of God reflected from him; and just as it
is almost as difficult for us to look at the sun reflected from a mirror as to look directly at
the sun, so these men felt it almost as difficult to look straight at the face of Moses as to
look straight at the face of God.