“OH, TO BE LIKE JESUS” we say, we pray, and we sing. Consider these patterns. SUCH PATIENCE, John 20:27 as he invites Thomas to touch the scars; SUCH SERVICE, 21:9 as he prepares a meal; SUCH FORGIVENESS, 21:15-17 as he restores Peter to new standing. SUCH LOVE as he manifests these traits. As he has done to us, let us do to others.
I believe too many of us Christians pray this prayer with the wonderful idea of being able to restore sight to the blind, call in money to meet debts, speak with a mighty voice of authority. Paul indicates we identify with Christ more by way of suffering with Him. To be like Him – my “self” nailed to the cross for the benefit of others.
Do we strive to be like Him in the ways described in John 21? Patience, Service, Forgiveness, Love.