I spend a lot of time with the followers of Jesus. Some exercise their ministries as clergy while others do the trickier work of ministering while they do business, take depositions, teach school or care for grandchildren. They come from a wide variety of churches. Many serve as leaders in their congregations. Others have left institutions that no longer engage their energies or imaginations.
What they have in common is their fascination with Jesus. They are captivated by his life, his death, his teachings and his example. They never tire of studying the stories about him, which they take as templates for their own lives. While the really savvy ones can name at least some of the ways that they make Jesus in their own image, this does not stop them from trying to follow him. In their prayers, their hymns and their confessions, they ask God to make them more like him.