Jesus is the Son of God in the flesh, the perfect example of what God the Father is like (in the historical context of the rabbinic tradition). As part of God’s community, we strive to be like Jesus. A disciple is one who follows with their heart and soul and might. A disciple strives to bring every thought, every action, and every attitude under the image of Jesus. Jesus is the ultimate example of how to live a life of gratitude. He is whom we imitate. Following Jesus means change. God longs for transformation in His followers. Spiritual growth, like physical growth, requires change. When a plant stops changing and growing it dies. When a Jesus’ follower stops changing, they begin to die spiritually. God longs for us to grow in Jesus’ image and passion and to help others in this spiritual transformation of their entire being.