When it comes to being more like Christ, I tend to get overwhelmed at where to begin. I mean, come on!!! The ONLY person to live a PERFECT life is a big expectation to live up to. As a sinful human being, I can only hope to achieve a fraction of what Jesus accomplished in His limited physical ministry here.
I lead a Men’s Bible Study every Monday morning at a local (greasy spoon) restaurant. It truly is a blessing to have such men of faith allow me to be their teacher. In addition to that, I am approximately 30 years younger than the average age of the group – very humbling to me BTW. As our group grows together, we tend to look for ways to challenge and hold each other accountable to not only the group, but to God. Looking at different resources has been one of the biggest chores for me. Don’t get me wrong, I love finding new and innovative ways to teach even the oldest person in the group. What I find most challenging is finding what God would have me teach…not what I think would be cool to teach.
That’s when we stumbled onto the “Jesus Experiment” by Bill Perkins. Bill came to speak at our church in the Spring of 2011 and I was encouraged by his transparency of how he wore Christianity. He not only talked about being a Christian…he lived it and the laundry list of his publishing’s had verified who this man of God truly was.
As part of this Jesus Experiment, I’ve decided to blog about it as I go. Here is a quote that really stuck with me that’s worth sharing – “A person will continue down a path of destructive behavior until the pain of continuing exceeds the pain of changing.” We all fear change! However, if the pain of not changing exceeds our complacency (or destructive behavior), our world view and how we function within it will be altered in an ungodly way. My prayer and hope for this Jesus Experiment is to be more like the Man Himself, Jesus Christ. Feel free to journey with me and others along this exciting path of the Master!