Tag Archive | conforming to God’s image

Romans 12:2 ” Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

Everyday your character is being shaped… by the world or by God.  We allow generational chains of bondage to influence how we think…molding us into people we don’t want to become.  We allow the world’s dominance to sway how we behave around others…even when it’s contrary to how we really feel inside.  Spiritual renewal of your mind is a determined process you must undertake yourself.  It’s an evaluation of God’s Will – His good and well-pleasing Will for your life –  as you allow your character to undergo a metamorphosis, a regeneration of how you think.  Don’t be squeezed into the world’s mold for you.  Decide today what’s going to be shaping your mind…the world or God.

Romans 8: 38-39 ” For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Earlier in this chapter Paul asks the question, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” (Romans 8:35)  His answer here is –  no one or thing can possibly come between us and Jesus.  No rule or force of man…no point in time…no act of good or evil can ever cut the tie we have with our Lord.  The bottom line is,  there is nothing in creation that can keep us apart from God…for the entirety of creation is under His authority.

Philippians 3:10-11 ” I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.”

These scriptures beg the question…”What are You asking of me Lord?”  Foremost, Jesus is asking for commitment.  Not just lip service, or Sunday only acknowledgement… No, He’s asking for sold-out, unwavering determination to follow Him no matter  the cost.  Jesus is also asking for  conviction.  That’s a gut belief that He died on the Cross and rose again for me so that I may have eternal life.  Then too, Jesus is asking for conformity.  He wants me to become more like Him.  Finally, Jesus is asking that I give up control.  Now this is probably the most frightening but the most freeing request of His…For to go deeper with Jesus means releasing command of myself and trusting Him more.

Philippians 3:10 ” I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.”

To know the Lord Jesus Christ…is to live for Him.  And in knowing Him…we will become more and more like Him, for we conform ourselves to His image.  Knowing the Lord though is a life long journey of dying daily to our old self and deliberately becoming more like Him.  But in the end, when people look at us, they won’t see us…they’ll only see Jesus.