“I’m not really into religion and theology, I just wanna be like Jesus.” Have you ever heard someone say something like this? I don’t want to be negative towards that idea. I really like the heart of it. To strip back all the noise and just follow Christ…that’s what all Christians want right? There is one problem. You can’t “just be like Jesus.” To follow Christ is his call, but if you have spent much time actually trying to do it, you know how impossible it is.
Paul gives us this high calling again in Romans 15. He says, “We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves.  Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.  For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, ‘The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.'”(Romans 15:1-3 ESV) It’s really incredible what Paul is calling us to here! Bear the mistakes other people make like Jesus bears our mistakes. That is definitely being like Jesus! But how could we ever hold up doing that? How can we endure carrying others burdens on top of our own?
Here is the heart of all the application for Christians in the Bible, we follow the example of Jesus in the strength of Jesus. Romans 15:5-7 says, “May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus,  that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.”
How do we continually live at peace with our brothers and sisters in Christ, even bearing their burdens? We receive endurance from the God of endurance. Jesus sets the example, provides the motivation, and empowers our obedience. I just want to be like Jesus too. But I know I need his Word, his church, his spirit, and his power to do it.
Grace & Peace.