CHAPTER TWENTY TWO: CREATED TO BECOME LIKE CHRIST.
You were created to become like CHRIST.
From the very beginning, GOD’S plan has been to make me like His Son, JESUS. This is your destiny and third purpose of your life.
The full ‘image and likeness’ of GOD looks like JESUS CHRIST! GOD doesn’t want you to become a god; He wants you to become godly- taking on His values, attitudes and character.
GOD’S ultimate goal for your life on earth is not comfort, but character development. He wants you to grow up spiritually and become like CHRIST. Christlikeness is all about transforming your character, not my personality. Every time you forget that character is one of GOD’S purposes for your life, you will become frustrated by your circumstances.
But GOD is not a servant, and if you fall for the idea that life is supposed to be easy, either you will become severely disillusioned or you will live in denial of reality. Never forget that life is not about you! You exist for GOD’S purposes not vice versa. GOD gives us our time on earth to build and strengthen our character for heaven.
GOD’S SPIRIT WORKING IN YOU.
It is the Holy Spirit’s job to produce CHRIST like character in me.
This process of changing us to be more like JESUS is called Sanctification, and it is the third purpose of your life on earth.
You cannot produce the character of JESUS by your own spirit. Only the Holy Spirit has the power to make the changes GOD wants to make in our lives.
Christlikeness is not produced by imitation, but by inhabitation. We allow CHRIST to live through us.
- You must cooperate with the Holy Spirit’s work. Obedience unlocks GOD’S power. GOD waits for you to act first. Don’t wait to feel powerful or confident. Move ahead in your weakness, doing the right thing in spite of your fears and feelings. This is how you cooperate with the Holy Spirit and it is how your character develops. While effort has nothing to do with your salvation, it has much to do with your spiritual growth.
- GOD uses His Word, people and circumstances to mold us- All three are indispensable for character development. GOD’S people provide the support we need to grow, GOD’S Word provide the truth we need to grow, and circumstances provide the environment we need to practice Christlikeness. If you study and apply GOD’S Word, connect regularly with other believers and learn to trust GOD in different circumstances, I guarantee you will become more like JESUS.
- Becoming like CHRIST is a long, slow process of growth. Spiritual maturity is neither instant nor automatic; it is a gradual, progressive development that will take the rest of your life. You are a work in progress.
GOD is more interested in what you are than in what you do.
We are human beings, not human doings.
GOD is much more concerned about your character than your career, because you will take your character into eternity, but not your career.
You must make a counter culture decision to focus on becoming more like JESUS. This is your greatest privilege, your immediate responsibility and your ultimate destiny.
DAY TWENTY TWO… THINKING ABOUT MY PURPOSE. POINT TO PONDER: You were created to become like CHRIST. VERSE TO REMEMBER: 2nd Corinthians 3:18. QUESTION TO CONSIDER: On what area of your life do you need to ask for the Spirit’s power to be like CHRIST today?🤔🤔🤔