Pursuing Christ-likeness

I have been spending the better part of this year trying to figure out what that phrase (pursuing christ-likeness) really means, and how it applies to my life. I have been working on the silence and solitude aspect a lot this year, with mixed results. I find that the more I do it, the more time I spend with God, the more time I want to spend in that state. Which is very cool, but at the same time I know that Christ spent a lot of time with people, in fellowship, and in relationships. I begin to wonder, is there a “happy” balance between to two, or if you should just go with the flow, which sometimes leaves the other one lacking. What are your thoughts?

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One thought on “Pursuing Christ-likeness

  1. Steve Stinnette says:

    My take: One way to consider time spent alone with God is that it is a statement of my “working relationship” with God, for when I spend time alone with God, He would be revealing His activity in the lives of people, particularly those people around me, and by doing so, He would be extending His invitation to me to join Him in His activity. This seemed to be what happened when Jesus spent time with His Father (John 5:19). Any ministry I then perform would actually be an extension of the activity of Christ through me (Galatians 2:20). So any efforts exerted to be alone with God can be described as deliberate, concentrated, and undistracted efforts to abide in Christ; and if I don’t abide in Christ, all I do in life and ministry is nothing (John 15:5). Time spent alone with God would change me, not immobilize me – my way of doing ministry for Jesus would be replaced by me more activiely participating in ministry with Jesus. And it all starts by spending time alone with God. So, what do you think?

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