Pursuing Christlikeness

Pusuing Christlikeness : The Goal of Our Christian Life



Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing taking the very nature of a servant,being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death - even death on a cross.


Philippians 2 : 5 – 8



What is the goal of your Christian life ?

Is it to be successful in your chosen careerand have a beautiful family life ?

When I was younger in the faith,I was also striving for earthly things. Many professing Christians are striving for earthly things. Many tirelessly strive for career promotions, for beautiful family, for elegant houses and cars, for fat bank account.If Christians pursue tirelessly for these things, then they have no distinction from the rest of the worldly people.

There must be one goal for our Christian life and that is to pursue for Christlikeness. Christ’s virtues and character must be reproduced in a Christian in order to have successful Christian life. As Christians,we all must pursue for Christlikenessparticularly His servanthood and humility.

“… but made himself nothing , taking the very nature of a servant.”

From being the Creator of the Universe, Christ took the form of a creature. From being the Lord of Glory, Christ stripped Himself of all His majestyand took the form of a lowly carpenter.When Christ chose to be a man, He did not chose to be a king of an earthly kingdom although He is the King of kings. He had chosen just to be a simple man, a lowly carpenter.He had chosen just a simple career for Himselfwithout any grandeuror any worldly recognition or title. It is a great rebuke for all of us who always seek great things for ourselves. We always desire the best for us, the best position, the best espouse, the best place of residence. Jesus chose Nazareth to be a place of His residence on earth, a place which has no good reputation at that time.


The Servanthood of Christ

Christ took the form of a servant. The Greek word used for servant her could be translated as “slave”. What is the meaning of being a slave ? A slave has no rights of his own even the right to live. Christ stripped Himself off of His rights and became a bond slave for us. He suffered the most horrible and shameful death for us, the “death on the cross”. During that period of Roman Empire, death by crucifixion is the capital punishment and it was given to the worst of criminals. Christ was numbered among the worst of criminals when He chose to die on the cross. He had borne a very great shame for all of us.Christ’s servanthoodled led Him to lose all His honor and dignity to give us the best gift of all, the gift of “eternal life.”

As Christians, we must all imitate the humility and servanthood of Christ. This is the core of christlikeness. But sad to say in our time professing Christians have become success-oriented. They tirelessly seek for greatness and glory in their chosenfields. They are constantly striving to reach the pinnacle of worldly success.

As Christians just like h Christ we must become kingdom-centered people pursuing tirelessly for the fulfillment of God’s will in our lives more than success in our careers.We must strive hard to pursue the humility and servanthood of Christ. Just like Christ we must live like servants. Servants to God and to our fellowmen. We must serve tirelessly to bring the knowledge and presence of the Kingdom of God to the heathen world.

It is just right to serve Christ with all of our heartsfor He first served us.For without the servanthood of Christ, we will have no salvation.Let us put out all our selfish ambitions and selfish agendaand pursue tirelessly for christlikeness. For this is the one that brings significance and didtinctionto our Christianity.



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Lord De Cross 5 years ago

As we live these days, we confirm the word. The signs of the times, plus the very updated saying, "by their acts shall ye know them" Follow Christ today is inheriting heaven at your own cost...which might mean, your own Life. Giving you other cheek, is a testing testimony of our redemption.Thanks for the hub!


Eddie-Perkins 5 years ago

Good message for us. One up. Thank you Maria


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matt6v33 5 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

WELL researched,thought out well expressed ,well written !

Very NICE WORK ON THIS VITAL TOPIC


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas

It is true. Too many times I find even myself striving to be something in this world -- a system that doesn't have any lasting value. But many times I do make the right choice and although it is not always understood or make sense to those around me, my explanation is, "I have to live with myself." I truly do want to do what is pleasing.


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Cristina--love the hub. Thanks for sharing it with us!


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi lord de cross thank you for dropping by and leaving some comments. Your visit is much appreciated. Blessings to you and regards.


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Lord De Cross 5 years ago

Gracias cristina.God bless!


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

HI Eddie Perkins I am glad to hear from you. Thank you for a visit. Blessings to you and regards.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hello matt6v33 I am glad to hear from you again. Thank you for dropping by and appreciating this hub. Remain blessed always and regards.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hello homesteadbound glad to hear from you. Thank you for dropping by and leaving some comments. Your visit is greatly appreciated. Blessings to you and regards.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi lifegate glad to here from you again.Your visit and comments are great encouragement to me. Thank you. Blessings always to you and to your family. Best regards.


Patrick Teng 5 years ago

A wonderful reminder to keep our toes on Jesus. It's much easy to stray away rather than to stay focus on Him.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota

Such a good and much needed to hear teaching, exhortation and encouragement. Christ-likeness the goal may we remember that in every moment and in every situation we find ourselves in.

Good coaching I am blessed by it.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi Patrick thank you for taking time to read this hub. Our hearts are prone to wander and take away our focus to our Lord. WE must always go back to Philippians chapter two to be reminded of the humility and servanthood of Christ. If we will constantly remember Christ's sufferings for us we will remain in our focus in Him. Blessings to you and best regards.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hello Tamarjo I am glad to read your comments for this hub. Your visit and comments are always great encouragement to me. Christlikeness should be the goal of every believer no matter what circumstances may befall them. Immitating the humility and servanthood of Christ helps us fulfill the will of God for our lives. Without servanthood we will never accomplish the will of God in our lives. Christ is the ultimate example of servanthood. REmain blessed always. Best regards.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago

Cristina, Wonderful life lesson with marvelous spiritual insight! As you so marvelously stated: “There must be one goal for our Christian life and that is to pursue for Christlikeness. Christ’s virtues and character must be reproduced in a Christian in order to have successful Christian life. As Christians,we all must pursue for Christlikenessparticularly His servanthood and humility.” Amen!

Each of us must regularly examine whether we are responding “in the FAITH!” It is so easy to become distracted, therefore it is important to spend time with the Lord daily to keep focused!

Thank You for sharing, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi DeBorrah K. Ogans I am happy to read your comments for this hub. Thank you for appreciating this hub. Your visit and comments are great source of encouragement to me. Thank you also for posting an additional insight. Yes it is so easily to get distracted and wander away from the will of God. Yes we have to fight for our time spent for our daily devotions and personal worship. Blessings to you always and to your family. I wish you a great day today. Best regards.

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