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October 21, 2013

October 21, 2013

"Choosing to Become Like Jesus"

“This will continue until we are…mature, just as Christ is, and we will be completely like Him.”Ephesians 4: 13 CEV

On Fridaywe talked about the Holy Spirit coming to us through the waters of Baptism. What God wants to see us achieve is spiritual maturity. But that doesn’t happen the day we are baptized. It takes time for us to grow up spiritually, as well as physically.

Notice that the verse for today has the word, “continue” in it. It’s an ongoing process that I don’t believe we are ever finished with this side of heaven. At least, that is God’s plan.

As you struggle with your hurts, habits and hang-ups it is important to remember that you are a work in progress. God doesn’t expect perfection. He knows and understands that you will make mistakes.

In fact, the Bible warns us about that. It says that we won’t be perfectly like Jesus until we are able to see Jesus perfectly. That next sighting of Jesus is either when He returns here or we go to see Him there.

Never forget this; God is moreconcernedwith your character than with anything else in your life. He wants you to grow into being a “little Christ" as Martin Luther described it. It’s not that we are to act like him, but really become like Him.

Becoming like Jesus means that we must make choices that are counter-cultural. These kinds of healing choices will protect us from other forces trying to mold us to their image.

Jesus did not die on the cross so that we could live comfortable, well-adjusted lives. His purpose is far deeper; He wants to make us to become like Himself before He takes us to heaven.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don