So we are convinced that every detail of our lives is continually woven together to fit into God’s perfect plan of bringing good into our lives, for we are his lovers who have been called to fulfil His DESIGNED PURPOSE. For He knew all about us before we were born and He destined us from the beginning to share the likeness of His Son. This means the Son is the oldest among a vast family of brothers and sisters who will become just like Him.Romans 8:28-29 TPT
Last week we looked at becoming like Christ, so that we can be His hands and feet to the community we live in. Being kind and compassionate, forgiving one another, speaking only what is wholesome and encouraging are all godly characteristics that are part of the nature of Christ. While becoming like Christ is a lifelong pursuit, we can choose every day to allow the Holy Spirit to work in our lives, to make us more like Him. In Ephesians 4:22-24, Paul encourages us to ‘put off the old man’ – to let go of old ways of living; to change the way we think; and to ‘put on the character of Christ’. Spiritual growth is not automatic. It takes an intentional commitment to pursue the character of God. God is far more interested in who you are than in what you do.
To become like Jesus we must fill our lives with His Word. The Word of God is readily available to us to read and listen to, so that “we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has given us” 2 Timothy 3:17 MSG. When our lives are filled with His Word we will be better equipped to face what happens in our lives. God has a purpose behind every problem. When you’re in the fire, God is desiring to form the character of Christ in you.
Hebrews 5:8-9 tells us that Jesus learned obedience through the things he suffered. We as His children can also find ourselves going through times of suffering. Life throws trials at us, unforeseen circumstances. People can disappoint us and even hurt us. I have learned not to ask “Why?” at times of intense pain but to ask a different question, “What next?” Even though suffering is not sent into our lives from the Father, He uses it to shape us and mould us to be more like Christ. When we let what we’re going through drive us to Him with the question “What next?”, He will use that moment to work something beautiful into our character, making us more like Jesus. God never waist a hurt. Romans 8:28 tells us “we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Even pain can be a set up for discovering more of the purpose of God. What the enemy meant for evil, God turns around for our good. What an incredible promise!
So, as you seek to become like Christ, remember that God’s plan is good, remember to rejoice and give thanks and refuse to give up! Don’t be in a hurry! God is more interested in strength and stability than swiftness. Developing the character of Jesus will be a step by step journey that we’ll all be on for the rest of our lives!
Beloved friends, what should be our proper response to God’s marvelous mercies? I encourage you to surrender yourselves to God to be His sacred, living sacrifices… Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in His eyes.Romans 12:1-2 TPT
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