“For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us — leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps.” 1 Peter 2:21
To believe in Christ for justification is but half of the duty of faith. It respects Christ only as He died and suffered for us, as He made atonement for our sins, peace with God, reconciliation for us, and became our righteousness. Unto these ends, He is indeed primarily and principally proposed unto us in the gospel; and with respect unto them, we are exhorted to receive Him and to abide in Him.
But this is not all that is required of us. Christ in the gospel is proposed unto us as our pattern and example of holiness. And to neglect His being our example, so as not seriously to labor after conformity to Him — is a great and destructive evil.
Therefore let us meditate on what He was, what He did, and how in all instances of duties and trials He conducted Himself — until a glorious image of His perfect holiness is established in our minds, and all around take knowledge of us, that we have been with Jesus, and that we walk even as He walked.
Jesus, Savior, conform me to Yourself — and fill me with Your love!
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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