Who Do You Want To Be Like
The correct answer is Jesus. The wrong answer is anyone else.
1 John 3:2: Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
One of the things that will make Heaven Heavenly is that we will be like Jesus. We pray Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven and then we try to be like someone who is nothing like Jesus. It is helpful if we try to emulate mortals who are like Jesus, but we must remember that no one is completely like Him. Emulating men who are like Jesus should only be little steps toward emulating Jesus Himself.
We should choose very carefully the people we associate with and the people we emulate. Christians need to associate with saved people and unsaved people for different reasons. The goal is not for Christians to be like unsaved people but to have the Lord save them and make them like us and then like Jesus.
It is helpful and important to associate with wise and mature Christians. We can learn from them because Jesus is in them. Occasionally we can bump into someone like that in our everyday lives but we will find many more of them in Biblical churches. We ought to be in church whenever we can be.
It is supremely important that we have a direct and frequent association with Jesus Himself. He will have a greater impact on us when we associate directly with Him than anyone else. Even though we cannot see Him as clearly in this life as we will in Heaven, we can see Him more clearly by associating with Him here and now. We associate with Him in prayer, Bible study, meditation and service.
A number of years ago I overheard a very wise leader in a church I attended asking a teenage boy the question who do you want to be like? The teenager was saved but was considering getting some body-piercing and that sort of thing. He had some friends that were not influencing him for good. He was associating with unsaved people for the wrong reasons.
Family Bible Notes:
A great part of wisdom lies in the choice of our companions; for what they are, they will make us also.
1 Corinthians 15:33: Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
Proverbs 13:20: He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
Adam Clarke*s Commentary:
*He that walketh with wise men shall be wise;* To walk with a person implies love and attachment; and it is impossible not to imitate those we love. So we say, *Show me his company, and I*ll tell you the man.* Let me know the company he keeps, and I shall easily guess his moral character.
British Family Bible:
*He that walketh with wise men* That is, who chooses wise persons for his companions, and loses no opportunity of receiving their advice and instruction. -- Dr. Jortin.
Matthew Henry*s Commentary:
Those that would be good must keep good company, which is an evidence for them that they would be good (men*s character is known by the company they choose) and will be a means of making them good, of showing them the way and of quickening and encouraging them in it. He that would be himself wise must walk with those that are so, must choose such for his intimate acquaintance, and converse with them accordingly; must ask and receive instruction from them, and keep up pious and profitable talk with them. *. . . there is a time wherein one man ruleth over another to his own hurt.* Be willing to hear every godly discourse, and let not the parables of understanding escape thee. Multitudes are brought to ruin by bad company. . . . Those that associate with evil-doers are debauched, and so undone, and at last ascribe their death to it.
Matthew Poole*s Commentary:
*Shall be wise;* shall learn wisdom and goodness, both from their counsels and examples. The design of this proverb is to show the wonderful influence which a man*s society hath upon him, either to save, or to corrupt and destroy him.
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