Looking Alike

For some reason the line from Acts 4 ‘they recognized that they had been with Jesus’ has been on my mind a lot. In the context of Acts it was Peter and John’s boldness that provoked this statement. They were ordinary people, fisherman, yet their wisdom was bold and it was apparent that there was something different in these men. 

I’ve been thinking…How is it that we, in our time, display that we ‘have been with Jesus’? Being nice, going to church, talking about Jesus…these things are all good and a good start (if birthed from within). But I’m going to go out on a limb and say that exterior actions are not as convincing as we may think. Because our relationship with Jesus ultimately begins within, within our minds, souls, and hearts, then it is from that place that He lives through us. It is from the good stored up from within us that good things come out. We could say, “It is from the Jesus stored up from within us that Jesus comes out.” 

I’m wondering if there are times that we work too hard at trying to act like Jesus (or how we would think he would act) and not enough time just allowing His teachings and life to really absorb us at such a deep place that we just end up being like Him. I want this for myself so badly…I want to give up contrived efforts…and I simply want Jesus to be in my words, speech, actions, and thoughts without me having to think about it. I want Jesus to be unrestrained in me…

The ‘ouch’ question of the hour is….do I pursue friendship with Jesus to know Him well enough? You know how old married couples somehow start to look alike? Or dress alike? Laugh alike? Like the same food? Speak alike? It’s because they have spent their lives together! Jen and I have been married for seven and a half years now and there are times where we end up wearing the same colors, shoes, and styles on the same day even when get dressed separately! This didn’t happen on day one of the honeymoon…it’s kind of happened over time and we’ve just now realized it. If we started wearing matching outfits on purpose from day one that is just a little cheesy and would look like we’re trying too hard! (which another point could be drawn from!)

I’m not saying that I want to be an old married couple with Jesus…but I am saying that as I spend more and more time with Him I want to start looking more and more like Him without even knowing it…Here’s the scary thing: Jesus was persecuted, followed, beaten, admired, hated, healing, betrayed, loved, and was servant to all…this mixed bag is what following Jesus gets us in this life. Looking like Jesus can be dangerous stuff…but this is the journey of faith that we choose when we choose to follow Him…

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  1. Kristi Templeton on November 16, 2008 at 12:03 am

    Hey Justin…not sure if you remember me from college or not. But every once in a while I stumble upon your blog via someone else’s blogroll. I think I just need to add you to my blogroll so I can read anything new that you write.

    You are such a gifted thinker/writer. On more than one occasion, I have not only resonated with your writings, but thought about them in the days to come. So if nothing else, you should know that God is using your words to touch my heart…

    And also, you should know that Curtis and I end up dressing alike too…we’ll be married 9 years in Jan. Weird how that happens… 🙂

  2. Christine on November 16, 2008 at 2:14 am

    Justin…I was compelled to cut and paste this post into an email for our staff and volunteers. In the ministry we’re called to, looking like Jesus is paramount to breaking through abuse issues, distrust issues and every type of conceivable barrier. Thank you again, (I feel like I thank you alot :-)) for blogging the things that God is teaching you. Your readers benefit, though they may not respond.

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