Published October 11, 2016

Paul's Epistle
"A Little More Like You"

One of the most convicting and yet prayerful songs I've heard for a while is the closing song on Ivan Parker's new "Dancing In The Rain" CD. It's a song called "A Little More Like You." And it's a straight-forward expression of what should be the "heart" of any Christian – to become, each and every day, more and more like Christ.

    1Grant me your holiness, make me devoted deep within.
     I plead for patience in my trials and more sorrow for my sin.
     A deeper faith in you, dear Lord, please give me every day.
     Let me find joy in my journey and more purpose when I pray.

    2Give me more gratitude, help me to love You even more.
     And take pride only in Your glory and trust only in Your word.
     Let me shed sorrow's tears when others pain, when others grieve.
     And may my neighbor please see Jesus every time they see me.

Wow, that last line sets the bar pretty high, doesn't it? And yet that's exactly what we are to do – to live our lives in such a way that others see Jesus in us. That is, after all, what it means to be a "Christian" – to live a Christlike life.

Romans 12:2 tells us that one way toward that goal is through the "renewing of your mind," in line with the will of God, which is always "good and acceptable and perfect." To do that, as Philippians 4:8-9 tells us, spend your time thinking about things that are noble, just, pure, lovely, things of good report, things virtuous, things that are praiseworthy. "Meditate on these things." Don't clutter your mind with the garbage that everyday life inevitably throws your way. Ultimately, "Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth" (Colossians 3:2).

Ivan told me he considers the "A Little More Like You" song to be a "testimony" song for him as he sings it. "You know," he said, "this is exactly the message that I talk about from the stage every night. We need to be more like Jesus... We might not here on this Earth ever become like Jesus, but at least we strive for that. That's a goal. And ... as I sing [this song], it comes straight from my heart. It's like a prayer that I am singing to the Lord. And I just strive every day to become less of me ... so He can become more in my life."

The song's chorus is a prayer, as Ivan mentioned. Can you pray it?

    3This is my prayer, Lord, when this day is through
     Was I a little less like me and a little more like You?
     My lone desire in all I say or do,
     Was I a little less like me and a little more like You?

Someday, Scripture tells us, when the Lord returns, "we shall be like Him" (1 John 3:2). But, until then, we should strive everyday – in every way – to become increasingly the kind of person the Lord wants us to be – like Him.

- Paul

1. 1st verse of "A Little More Like You," words and music by Robert Sterling, copyright by Robert Matthew Sterling Music, reprinted here by permission.
2. 2nd verse, ibid.
3. Chorus, ibid.
Note: Two classic hymns come to mind with similar themes: "More Like the Master" by Charles Gabriel, 1906, and "O To Be Like Thee" by Thomas O. Chisholm. Both offer excellent prayers to be more like the Lord.

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