In John 8:29 Jesus said of himself, “And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.” Such a sentiment not only captures the perfection of our Savior but sets the standard for His followers. Jesus is our perfect example. Peter wrote,
For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps (1 Pet. 2:21).
Jesus always pleased the Father and we are called to follow His example. Therefore, the more like Jesus we can, the better we can please the Father.
We should love more like Jesus.
In John 13:34 Jesus said, “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” Jesus is the ultimate expression true love–love that sacrifices and always has the best interest of its object in mind.
We should serve more like Jesus.
Jesus washed feet in John 13 to teach us that “ye also ought to wash one another’s feet” (John 13:14). He was a humble servant and, like Him, we should look for ways to humble ourselves in service to God and one another.
We should pray more like Jesus.
Our Lord prayed often during His life and ministry and He taught that “men ought always to pray and not to faint” (Luke 18:1). Our God desires to hear from us (1 Pet. 5:7) and we should approach His throne often (cf. Heb. 4:14-16).
We should hate sin more like Jesus.
As evidence by His cleansing of the temple (John 2:12-17), Jesus had no tolerance for sin. Yes, He was careful and compassionate with sinners, but He also hated sin and dealt with it sternly, as should we.
May God help us to be more like Jesus!