1 Corinthians 11:1
Become imitators of me, even as I also am an imitator of Christ.
Christianity is not a religion to be learned, but a new life to lived. Our very purpose of being “born again” was to remove the old fallen man within so we could be made a new creation inside, and then begin to transform our life outwardly to this new nature. We learn about this new nature on the inside by looking at Jesus in the Word of God, for this is a picture of who we have become within.
As we see Jesus through the Word of God and how He lived His life, we then by following His example allow this new life to take over. In doing so we are following in the apostle Paul’s example, as he himself was following after Jesus. This is what it means to be a “Christian”. The word is defined as a follower of Christ. This is what we are told in the following verse.
2 Corinthians 5:17 – Whoever is a believer in Christ is a new creation. The old way of living has disappeared. A new way of living has come into existence.
Why do believers still live in fear, anxiety, worry, stressed about circumstances, and frustrated about life? Did Jesus live this way? None of these things belong in the life of a believer. The reason many are not free from these things is because they are not imitating Jesus. They continue to do things Jesus would not do, and they exclude doing things Jesus did. Our purpose in life as a believer should be to follow in His example, and in doing so we can live the same kind of life Jesus did. We simply have to choose to imitate Jesus.