I keep my eyes open for cars that have a fish sticker or scriptures on them, and when ever I see them I usually place one of my “How to Become More Christ-like” booklets on their windshield. I did this yesterday at Canadian Tire, and when I got back it was on my windshield with the note “I already know him, thanks!”
While this person may have just thought this booklet was a salvation tract, this is a common response I get from professing Christians. The title of the booklet says “How to Become More Christ-like”, which should be the primary goal of every Christian.
We are called “to be conformed to the image of his Son” (Rom 8:29), to “purify [ourself], even as he is pure” (1Joh 3:3), and “to walk even as He [Jesus] walked” (1Joh 2:6).
This is a process of refinement that will go on for all of our Christian life. The Bible calls it “grow[ing] up” (Eph 4:15), “grow[ing] in grace” (2Pet 3:18), and being “spiritual” vs. being “babes in Christ” (1Cor 3:1).
It seems to me that most professing Christians don’t even have this in their mind, hence I often get the answer “Oh, I already know Him”.
As followers of Christ, we are to “do good to all men” (Gal 6:10) by sharing with them the good news of salvation. The verse doesn’t end there, but goes on to say “especially unto them who are of the household of faith” (Gal 6:10).
This means that we are to endeavor to be a blessing to other Christians and exhort them (Heb 3:13) to be more of what God wants them to be. This exhortation can be by example, be verbal, or in the way of a tract, booklet, or book on practical Christian living.
With those who are not converted, in most cases we need to almost educate them on what real Bible salvation is. The harlot church and its professing Christians that have a form of godliness but deny the power of God to save from sinning have dragged true Christianity through the mud. Because of this false example, “the way of truth shall be evil spoken of” (2Pet 2:2).
This is the burden of my booklet “How to Become More Christ-like”. To point to Christ the unsaved, those who have a profession only, new Christians, and those who are mature in the faith.
You don’t become more like Christ by following a set of rules and regulations, but by grace through faith developing a personal, loving relationship where your sole desire is to please God.