Several times the Bible tells us to be like God and many times to be like Christ.
We should all say with John the Baptist, “I must decrease and He must increase” when it comes to our life.
The point of salvation is to be delivered from ourselves, to be created new in Christ Jesus, so that the life I now live is not mine, but Christ’s.
I lose me; I gain Christ. That’s a sweet deal.
But we should also consider a word of caution when it comes to being like God/Christ.
Not all of who God is should be who we are.
Proverbs 24:12 says “shall not he [God] render to every man according to his works?” God is paying attention and will reward or judge what we do. It’s His prerogative to do so as our Creator and our Judge.
Later in Proverbs 24 we are told “Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work.”
Proverbs 24:29 tells us not to render to every man according to His work like God does.
So, how come we are told to be like God and yet told here not to do what God does?
No matter how much like God or Christ you become, you are no one’s judge. You don’t get to take revenge on others. We are to leave that up to God.
In this way, actually, we become like the incarnate Christ. Jesus Christ let them beat Him, spit on Him, reject Him, and crucify Him. He did not retaliate nor defend Himself. He asked that His Father’s will be done and submitted Himself even unto death.
That’s what God wants us to be like: submitted to His will regardless of the cost. This is how humans can be most like God.
A few other examples where we aren’t to be like God: We should not go through life with a messiah complex. We should not act as though we are all-knowing, nor all-powerful, and we certainly can’t be omnipresent! You don’t know the future, so stop telling people what’s going to happen there.
Our character is molded into Christ’s character. We are to have the mind of Christ, which is the mind of a servant willing to die for others. That’s where we are made like Christ. Right there.
Serving others as we serve our Father in heaven. Love. That’s who we should desire to be. God is love. Go be that.