There were many people who admired him so much that they wanted to "Be like Mike." Everything with his name on it was sold out including ticket sales. Guys tried to imitate his moves on the court. His name was a household name and he could do no wrong in the eyes of many. I think people were so caught up in his talent on the court that they forgot he was human and definitely imperfect.
We get so caught up in celebrities, sports figures, politicians and the like that we forget they are just like us, someone born in sin and in need of a sinless, perfect Savior.
I don't know about you but I don't want to be like anyone but "JESUS." He had a personality of gold and platinum. He healed the physically sick, emotionally sick and spiritually sick. He delivered many people from demons of all kinds. He was extremely discerning. He had many followers, a few associates but only one intimate friend. He respected his parents even though they had flaws. He loved everybody including Judas Iscariot. He kept his enemies close and prayed for them. He loved God the Father more than everyone. He didn't take any foolishness. He admired children and their faith. He was a simplistic teacher. He had a special love and genuine care for his mother. He always prayed, obeyed and carried out the will of the Father.
As I sit and write this blog, my thoughts are on how my life has been drastically transformed by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Even though I am waiting on Him to manifest loads of promises and I have yet to be released into my destiny, my heart is at peace and I just want more of HIM!
The more I read about Him the more I realize my need for Him. The more He extends grace to me the more I want to extend grace to others. The more He forgives me the more I want to forgive those who hurt me. The more He encourages me the more I want to be an encouragement. The more I learn about Him the more I want to be a beacon of light to the world and the nations. The more He loves me the more I want to love those who ridicule, persecute, misjudge, mistreat and abuse me.
Wanting more of Jesus requires honesty and a willingness to change. You must "look in the mirror, examine yourself and accept what you see - flaws and all." It is not easy but it is doable. And always remember, God does not require us to do anything He has not equipped us to do.
This year I told the Lord I wanted more of Him! I don't care if the ministry stays on paper, if my books don't get published, if I don't get married or if He never releases me, I just want more of Him.
When Jesus left this earth He specifically said we would be able to do everything He did and more. However, we can't do this without repentance and allow Him to work in us so we will be like Him. But the most important thing He did outside of all the miracles, healings and deliverances was "Walk in Love." Jesus did absolutely nothing without "walking in love." As a matter of fact, the bible says we may operate in many gifts, but if we have no love then our works mean "nothing."
I Am Striving To "BE MORE LIKE JESUS!" What about "YOU?"