Pssst, can I tell you a secret? Shhhh, it’s just for you. Don’t go spreading it around too much or people will think that you’re crazy, like me.
*I look over my shoulder*
Okay, are you ready? Did you know that as a Christian you’re supposed to look like Jesus?
I knew that.
Did you? Okay, so do you live your life like you know that, or if I were to follow you around with a video camera for a week and record everything you did, said, and thought (yes, now it’s a magical video camera), would I come to that same conclusion? Would I say, at the end of that week, “Now, here is someone who looks like Christ. He touches every aspect of their lives! Their hearts burn for the things of God. They grieve the sin in their lives, plead with God to make them more like him, and they delight in the words of their king.”
If you followed me around for a week, what would you say about my walk with Christ?
We’re not perfect, not by any stretch of the imagination, but our lives should reflect the ongoing sanctification process that is being performed by the Holy Spirit in our lives. That’s one of the great evidences that we are saved: the Holy Spirit is inside of us and he is making us more like Christ.
Don’t believe me? That’s fine. Here is what God’s word says about it.
“But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:16-18
“For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified and those whom he justified he also glorified.” Romans 8:29-30
“Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he [God] is pure.” 1 John 3:2&3
My dear reader, listen to those words. Read them again. Don’t finish reading my pitiful words, read the inspired Word of God instead. Read all of Romans 8! Memorize it! Meditate on it! Thank God for it!
So, I’ll ask you again, are you being transformed by the renewing of your mind to look, think, talk, and act more like Jesus, or are you content to go to church for an hour a week and throw up a few Hail Mary prayers during the week, and call it good?
Remember that the violent take the kingdom by force, not the lazy (Matthew 11:12). The prepared and expectant maids entered the gates and not the slackers who were concerned with the cares of this world (Matthew 25:1-13). I needed to remember that, today. Maybe you did too, dear reader?
Until next time, let’s lose our lives!
If you feel so inclined, dear reader, would you please post what Scripture God has used in your life recently to teach, rebuke, or encourage you? I’d love to hear about what our Great God is doing in your life.