What would it be like to spend a year living like Jesus? Would you have to wear a beard and a robe? Would you spend your free time fishing? More importantly, how would it change your relationships, your behavior, your attitude? One man spent 2008 trying to find out.
You may have read the headlines about former pastor Ed Dobson who devoted the past year to trying to live as Jesus did. As part of that experiment he didn’t shave, he ate kosher meals, observed the Sabbath and read through Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John every week.
Dobson certainly experienced some life changes. In fact, part of the reason he has received so much press is because reading the gospels over 50 times had a radical impact on his political views. And that’s something that the media loves to talk about.
But, I’m not all that interested in how he voted, or what he ate or what happened to his facial hair. What most strikes me about Dobson’s experience is the practical advice he gives those of us who are just doing our best to be more Christ-like each day.
Dobson’s message to others heading into the New Year is to start reading the Bible, which he acknowledged can be demanding.
I would encourage people, whether you’ve ever read the Bible or not, begin reading the Bible, and just listen to what God has to say.
That’s it! If we are going to live like Jesus, love like Jesus, serve like Jesus we must read His Word.
How has reading God’s Word changed you? What do you do differently as a result of Christ’s example? Which specific teachings of Jesus challenge you to live differently this year?