A leader in a church near to us is known for emphasizing the importance of discipleship, personally making the commitment to disciple at least 1-2 men on a continual basis. This leader is very visible and I’ve noticed that as these disciples teach, many have taken on the same mannerisms as their discipler. It is a great example of what happens when we truly seek to follow after someone else…we can’t help but begin to act like them. Something similar should happen when we make a decision to follow Jesus.
Following Jesus is more than just learning about Jesus. Remember, we have the indwelling Holy Spirit who is intimately connected with Jesus. Therefore, through the Holy Spirit we have an intimate and profound connection to Jesus. Because of the indwelling Spirit, we actually have the ability to spend time with Jesus.
Spending time with Jesus may incorporate many different activities. For instance, we can invite Jesus into our time reading the Bible. We do that by slowly meditating on what we are reading and listening to His soft voice as He may speak to us. It can also include time in which we choose to simply be in His presence. That is a concept that is unfortunately foreign to many believers. The idea of spending time with Jesus is often not taught within the church setting. So often we are taught that we always have to be doing something. Jesus wants us to be with Him, enjoying His presence, slowly becoming like Him.
As physicians, we can’t help but be role models. People are watching us, observing our actions and reactions. If we are known as believers, they will be observing us that much more closely. It is important that we take seriously the idea that God wants us to be conformed to the image of His son. After all, what an honor to actually begin taking on the characteristics of the Creator of the universe! Make it a priority to spend enough time with Jesus so that you begin to act like Him.
Prayer: Lord, teach me what it means to spend time in Your presence, so that I can be more like you. Amen.