We look at his son and see God’s original purpose in everything created. Col 1:15. God knew what He was doing from the beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love Him along the same lines as the life of His son. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in Him. Rom 8:29 You were created to become like Christ.
This is your destiny and the third purpose of your life. He announced this intention at creation when He said, let us make man in our own image and after our likeness. In all of creation, only human beings are made in Gods image. This is a great privilege and gives us dignity. Like God we are spiritual beings, our spirits are immortal and will outlast our earthly bodies. We are intellectuals, relational and have moral consciousness.
This image has been incomplete since it was damaged by sin. So God sent Jesus on a rescue mission to restore the full image that we have lost. Jesus is the exact image of God. The visible image of the invincible God and the exact representation of His being. Like father, like son. When you see your resemblance in your children, it gladdens your heart. The same way God is pleased when He sees the image of Jesus in you.
The created cannot become the creator. That is the old lie the devil told Adam and Eve. God does not want you to become a god, He wants you to become godly, taking on His values, attitudes and character. Gods ultimate goal for your life on earth is not comfort, but character development. He wants you to grow up spiritually and become like Christ.
This does not mean losing your personality or becoming a mindless clone. Christ-likeness is all about transforming your character, not your personality. The kind of character described in the beatitudes, the fruit of the spirit, Pauls chapter of love etc Never forget that life is not about you. You exist for Gods purposes, and not vice versa. God gave us time on earth to build and strengthen our character for heaven.
It is the Holy Spirits job to produce Christlike character in you. You cannot reproduce Christs characters in your, not even your new year resolutions will. Christlikeness is not produced by imitation but by in habitation. We must cooperate with the Holy Spirit. Obedience unlocks Gods power. God awaits for you to act first. Don’t wait to feel powerful or confident. As children eat and exercise to grow, we too do not just sit down and expect to grow.
We must make efforts to be a line, Christ. We must let go our old ways, change the way we think, put on the character of Christ by developing new, godly habits. God uses his word, people and circumstances to mould us. All three are indispensable for character development. Gods word provides the truth we need to grow, Gods people provide the support we need to grow and circumstances provide the environment we need to practice Christlikeness.
Becoming like Christ is a long, slow process of growth. Spiritual maturity is neither instant nor automatic. You are a work in progress. God is far more interested in what you are than in what you do. God is more interested in your character than in your career. Have a great day. In the Spirit of Knowing Christ by Covenant. Partner with us today – Bishop Maxwell Egbe