Byron de Klerk


Every year we endeavour to become better versions of ourselves, and so we do everything to achieve one thing. But what if we could do just one thing that would change everything?

Like  most people do over New Year, I sat down and began to think about the things I needed to improve on. I started with the usual weight and health issues, then thought about the character issues I need to change. Soon I had a long list of things I needed to do in 2019 to become a better person.

Now over the years I’ve discovered that trying to follow a long list of things to do is fatal for me, I end up feeling overwhelmed and I give up on everything. In fact, my wife knows that when she sends me to the shops, she can only give me three things on the list, otherwise I forget everything and buy the things I like. So as I faced this long list of things i needed to do to improve myself, I began wondering if there wasn’t a different approach to all this.

And soon I began to ask the question, “What is the one thing that will impact everything?” If I hope to be a better father, husband and friend, if I want to save money and get fitter and healthier, if I want to become more patient and less judgemental…then what is the one thing that will influence all of these things?

The answer I found was in 1 John 2:6 which tells us, “says he abides in Him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.” What and incredibly challenging verse. If anyone claims to be in an intimate and real relationship with Jesus, then they ought to be living their lives the way Jesus lived His. In other words, we should be imitating His life, His heart, His character and His behaviour.

Now that’s a really high bar that has been set. That means my actions, speech and motives should be a carbon copy of Jesus’ life. Regardless of my experiences growing up, regardless of any cultural influences…people around me should see Jesus in me. And that is a tall order, but yet an order that is given to us in Scripture.

Now if we could pattern our lives after Jesus, if we could walk as Jesus walked, then that would significantly impact every detail of our lives. Imagine how we would change as parents, spouses, friends or employees if we were to constantly ask ourselves, “What would Jesus do?” Imagine what a shift we would see in our homes, communities, places of work and especially in our churches.

So here’s a challenge for the next week: Wherever you find yourself, be it at home, work or at the mall, to constantly ask, “What would Jesus do?” Who would He speak to, what would He say and how can I walk as He walked.

Byron started his ministry in East London in 2000 and has been serving as the Pastor of the Stellenbosch Baptist Church Since May 2013. He is passionate about Jesus and he loves his family. Byron enjoy’s cycling and collects model trains.

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