The Bible says the key to spiritual growth is, “Christ living in you, giving you the hope of glory.” (Colossians 1:27 GWT) You can’t be like Christ on your own power. It’s simply not possible. Only the Holy Spirit can do that. So, spiritual growth isn’t imitation; it’s inhabitation!
Remember a few years ago when so many people were wearing WWJD (What Would Jesus Do) bracelets? It’s an interesting question, but it’s also an impossible proposition. The only way you can do what Jesus would do is if the Holy Spirit empowers you.
As pastors, we need to emphasize there’s both a mystical and a physical element to spiritual growth. There’s a part for people to do and there’s a part that only God can do.
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