Rather, the problem is with our inability to connect on a deeper level with those in need. So how do we create a lasting connection to the poor — the ones Jesus called the least of these — in a sustainable, life-changing way? How can we actually work to eradicate the crippling effects of poverty on children, adults, and communities around the world?
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We need to recalibrate our passions to begin with a person. That happens as we start seeing those stricken by poverty as one of us rather than as the other. A common thread of humanness runs through all of us, and we simply need to find the thread that connects us.
The problem of eradicating poverty is not about the lack of funding or a marketing strategy.
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The problem with eradicating poverty is the rampant disconnection between the haves and the have-nots. In the gospel of Luke Luke , Jesus and those around Him came upon a blind man on the side of the road to Jericho.
The blind guy was begging. He had nothing. The crowd surrounding Jesus started to get closer to the man as they walked down the road, and he asked a passerby what was happening.
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And with that, the blind guy sitting on the side of the road called out to Jesus. I mean, really called out to Him. The people in the front of the moving crowd kept trying to hush him, to keep him quiet as Jesus walked by, but he persisted.
Jesus stopped and had the man brought right to Him. Right to His face! And Jesus spoke directly to the beggar. He asked him what He could do for him, and the blind man told Jesus he wanted his sight back. And the man received his sight because he had faith. The biblical basis for the call to Christlikeness consists of three texts which we will do well to hold together: Romans , 2 Corinthians and 1 John But God has restored it in Christ. Conformity to the image of God means to be like Jesus, and Christlikeness is the eternal predestinating purpose of God.
But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. We are content with the glorious truth that we will be with Christ and like Christ. These all combine toward the same end—Christlikeness, for Christlikeness is the purpose of God for the people of God. I want now to move on to illustrate this truth with a number of New Testament examples.
Becoming Like Christ
We are to be like Christ in His incarnation. Some may immediately recoil with horror from such an idea. The answer is yes and no.
It is yes in the sense that the Son of God took our humanity to Himself in Jesus of Nazareth, once and for all and never to be repeated, but no in the sense that we are all called to follow the example of His great humanity. So Paul could write in Philippians And being found in appearance as a human being, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!
We are to be like Christ in His service. Come with me to the upper room where He spent His last evening with His disciples. Just as Jesus performed what in His culture was the work of a slave, so we in our cultures must regard no task too menial or degrading to undertake.
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We are to be like Christ in His love. So Paul is urging us to be like Christ in His death, to love with Calvary love.
Do you see what is happening? Paul is urging us to be like the Christ of the incarnation, the Christ of the foot washing and the Christ of the cross. These events in the life of Christ indicate clearly what Christlikeness means in practice. We are to be like Christ in His patient endurance. In this next example we consider the teaching of Peter. In chapter two, in particular, Peter urges Christian slaves—if punished unjustly—to bear it, not to repay evil for evil 1 Peter We have been called to suffering because Christ also suffered, leaving us an example so that we may follow in His steps 1 Peter This call to Christlikeness in suffering unjustly may well become increasingly relevant as persecution increases in many cultures today.
We are to be like Christ in His mission. These words are immensely significant. In what respect?