The Definition of ‘Christian’ is: ‘exhibiting a spirit proper to a follower of Jesus Christ; Christlike, a person who exemplifies in his or her life the teachings of Christ’
Another definition would be: ‘an imitator of Christ.’
These definitions being said, does your life reflect or imitate Christ and His teachings? I do not know what you did, or more importantly, what you currently do, but here are some questions to ponder:
Did Christ get drunk? (He created the best wine at a wedding where people were getting drunk, but did HE get drunk?)
Did Christ smoke or use drugs?
Did Christ go to prostitutes or look at pornography?
Did Christ rape or beat women or children?
Did Christ engage in homosexual acts?
Did Christ perform the miracles or preach the sermons or teachings for money or take people for all they are worth?
The answer to all of these questions is NO. You can make excuses all day long, but Christ Jesus reflected and imitated God, His Father – who or what are you reflecting?
If you reflect or imitate Christ, then in turn you are reflecting and imitating God Himself. If not, there isone other you could be reflecting and imitating – the Prince of this world, the liar Satan.
Yes, each one of the items that are listed above, as well as any others that you may be involved in, are addictive, and it can feel like you are trapped and will never be free – first, that means they are not from God above…
Secondly, when we are praying, and pleading for God to free us, are we resisting or walking right back in to ‘the sin that so easily entangles us’? God freeing us may be instantaneous or it may be a process – either way it is our decision to walk in that freedom instead of returning to the sin. Typically, we are willing to accept God moving if He moves how we expect or tell Him to. Such as freeing us from the sin, and then completely removing the desire or draw of that sin from us. That would be like telling Adam and Eve to not eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (Genesis) while at the same time making it invisible or impossible for them to ever reach it by installing fences, moats, and a mine field around it. Just as they had an opportunity to choose sin or reflecting and imitating God, with Whom they walked daily, we have the same choice.
So, it is your choice who you choose to imitate and reflect – when you look in the water, whose face do you see reflected?