it took a while for me to get Jesus. At first, I just believed in Jesus as the Christ, the one who came to be the sacrifice for me that I might have life with God that begins now and continues through eternity. It was a long time before I saw that He wanted to be more than the one who purchased a ticket to heaven for me.
Christ was more than a model, for He is the source of the very love that we need to show others. If we are to love others, we have to do more than try to imitate His behavior, we have to receive Him and His greatest act of love for us.
It saddens me to see people talking selfishly of God’s love for them. Often they talk about the great and wonderful things that God has given them without turning anything around to give thanks or devotion to God. They come across like the spoiled rich kid who has more than they could ever use, but still expects more from life.