As believers who are professing Christians we are to be His disciples, pupils, students, or apprentices. Jesus said in the book of Luke 6:40, "A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher." We have been given the Holy Spirit who will lead and guide us into all truth and to teach us how to live and abide in Christ so that we can be perfectly trained and be like Him (John 16:13, Phil. 2:12-13; 1 John 2:27).
Our aim, goal, and purpose in life should be to know Him and become like Him (Rom. 8:29; Phil. 3:8-10). Jesus walked in love toward both God and man and as His disciples we are to do the same in our lives. We are to walk in love toward God and man and should be the primary focus of our lives as His disciples (Matt. 22:37-40; John 15:9-12; 1 John 5:1-3). As His disciples should be seeking the Lord and allowing Him to purify our hearts and desires, to change, transform, and conform us into His image and likeness (Rom. 8:29; 2 Cor. 3:18; 1 Pet. 1:22-23).
The apostle John wrote and said, "My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin…" The reason he wrote is so that they or we as believers would not sin. John goes on to say in John 2:6, "He who says he abides in Him out himself also to walk just as He walked." And in John 3:3, "And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure." This begs the questions. Are you walking just as He walked and are you purifying yourself, just as He is pure?
The apostle Paul in the book of Romans chapter 6:1-23, summed up the process of sanctification as being dead to sin and alive to God. As disciples have been crucified with Christ and raised to new life in Christ. We are to walk in newness of life and no longer to be slaves to sin yielding ourselves to sin. We are to be slaves of righteousness and yield ourselves to obedience. We are not to live in sin, but are to be transformed into His image and likeness by the power of the Holy Spirit ( Rom. 8:29; 2 Cor. 3:18; Phil. 2:12-13).
Becoming like Jesus and being conformed into His likeness should be the focus of our prayers, as it was the apostle Paul’s prayers when he prayed for the believers of Galatia. In Galatians 4:19, "My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you" (Gal. 4:19). Being changed and transformed into the likeness of Jesus Christ should be the focus of our lives and prayers. We should be seeking His face in order to become more like Him every day of our lives.
We do this by learning to walk in love toward God and others by obeying His commandments and His Word. Jesus said in John 15:9-12, "As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you." Loving God and loving one another should be our main aim, goal, purpose, and the focus of our lives in order to become like Him. For when we obey His commandments, we reveal our love for the Lord and for one another.
It is through our obedience to His Word as we are led by the Holy Spirit, that we become more and more like Him(Rom. 8:14; 1 Pet. 1:13-17, 22-23). In short, as Christians we are not to sin, practice or live in sin, but are to walk in obedience to His commandments revealing our love for the Lord and others.
Have you totally committed and completely surrendered yourself to walk in whole hearted obedience to Him? Have you truly given yourself to be perfectly trained by Him to obey His commandment and walk in love toward God and others? How are you doing in the process of becoming like Jesus Christ?