For after all, to be a Christian is not to be like other professing Christians, or to accept ecclesiastical propositions; to be a Christian is to admire Jesus so sincerely and so fervently that the whole life goes out to him in an aspiration to be like him.

Charles Edward Jefferson

God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son.

Eugene Peterson’s paraphrase of Romans 8:29

He Is the Great e.g.

The Apostles taught, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ” — 1 Corinthians 11:1

e.g. means for example,
i.e. means that is:
a little Latin
it’ll fatten
your vocabulary to know.
e.g. — exempli gratia.
i.e. — id est.

There’s power in i.e.,
to rephrase,
to clarify,
to explain
so well
that we begin
to understand.

But the power of i.e.
pales before e.g.,
for examples
make words
become flesh
and take shape
before our eyes.

Jesus is the great e.g.,
the sovereign Word
become the one Example
for every life
at every time.
And each of us who follow
are to be a little e.g. in Him.

Devotional poem © 2016 Michael Himick. Used with permission.

Follow My Example

The Apostles taught, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ” — 1 Corinthians 11:1

God’s highest purpose in the redemption of sinful humanity was based in His hope that we would allow Him to reproduce the likeness of Jesus Christ in our once-sinful lives!

A. W. Tozer

God wants His people to become like Christ. Christlikeness is the will of God for the people of God. . . . If we claim to be a Christian, we must be Christlike.

John Stott