“MORE LIKE JESUS”

Wayne S. Walker

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 2.5)

     INTRO.:  A song which encourages us to have the mind in us which was
also in Christ Jesus is “More Like Jesus” (#135 in “Hymns for Worship
Revised”).  The text was written and the tune was composed both by J. M.
Stillman.  Very little is known about him.  The hymn is dated 1878 and
was likely first published in “Good Will,” a songbook which he compiled
with Thomas Martin Towne that year.

     Among hymnbooks used by churches of Christ, this song appeared in
the 1935 “Christian Hymns” No. 1 (#206), the 1948 “Christian Hymns No. 2”
(#252), and the 1966 “Christian Hymns No. 3” (#252), all edited by L. O.
Sanderson; the 1963 “Christian Hymnal” (#446), edited by J. Nelson
Slater; and several of Will W. Slater’s books, such as  “Gospel Songs and
Hymns” (#191), “Gospel Service Hymnal” (#191), and “Hymns of Praise and
Devotion” (#191).  In addition to “Hymns for Worship” it is presently
found in 1992 “Praise for the Lord” (#426) edited by John P. Wiegand.

     The song suggests what our lives will be like if we strive to be
more like Jesus.

I. Stanza 1 says that we will follow Him day by day
 A. Jesus wants us to follow Him, just as He called the apostles to
follow Him: Matt. 4.19
 B. To follow Him, we must be true and faithful in everything that we do:
Rev. 2.10
 C. And we must obey His every command: Jn. 14.15

II. Stanza 2 says that we will be kind and gentle
 A. We should especially be kind and gentle to those who are in distress:
Gal. 6.1
 B. Our aim in this should be to comfort the broken-hearted: 1 Thess.
5.14
 C. And to do this, we must use sweet words of tenderness: Col. 4.6

III. Stanza 3 says that we will be meek and lowly
 A. Jesus, our Friend and King, is our example of meekness: Matt.
11.28-30
 B. But meekness is not weakness; we must also be strong: Eph. 6.10
 C. And with this combination of meekness and strength, we can bring
souls to the Savior: Prov. 11.30

IV. Stanza 4, not in “Hymns for Worship Revised,” says that we will be
pure and holy
“I want to be pure and holy, As pure as the crystal snow;
I want to love Jesus truly, For Jesus loves me, I know.”
 A. We can be pure as the crystal snow because through the blood of
Jesus, our sins can be washed and made white as snow: Isa. 1.18, 1 Jn.
1.7-9
 B. But we should strive to remain pure and holy if we truly love Jesus:
1 Tim. 5.22, 1 Jn. 5.3
 C. The motivation for us to do this is the fact that Jesus loves us: 1
Jn. 4.19 (KJV)

CONCL.  The chorus repeats the desire expressed throughout the song to be
“More and more like Jesus” and mentions the additional reason that He is
“My Savior who died for me.”  Because Jesus loves us, died for us, and
left us an example that we should follow in His steps, it should always
be our desire to be “More Like Jesus.”

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