Becoming Like Christ…. How it Happens:

Devotion/Discussion Thought of the Day:

17  For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18  So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image. 2 Corinthians 3:17-18 (NLT)

There is an old adage that says, “birds of a feather, flock together…”
It’s true, and its trite in many ways.   Who we spend our lives with, the time we invest with them, changes us dramatically.
Negatively, we call it succumbing to peer pressure.  Positively it is the encouragement that we call communion, fellowship, koinonia.

It’s true spiritually as well.  We don’t become more like Christ through our actions, through our thoughts, even through our discipline.  We are not made holy by our actions.
But we do become more holy, more sanctified, more set apart as Christ is, because we are gathered into His flock, we become like Him.  We learn to love as He does, to sacrifice as He does.

Not because of our work, but because of God’s work in us, as He called nad baptised and cleansed us – the very promises that have been there since the beginning.

This is what Paul is talking about – we Christ is revealed to us, we are transformed – His work in us begins, we are given His heart.

Such is the blessing of His being our God.

You want to become holier?  Be like Mary, not Martha – don’t try and make yourself perfect for God – sit there, adore Him, be still and know HIm…. and then… reflecting His glory where you are…where He has placed you.. you will find yourself thinking as He does… and more importantly – loving as He does.

 

About justifiedandsinner

I am a pastor of a Concordia Lutheran Church in Cerritos, California, where we rejoice in God’s saving us from our sin, and the unrighteousness of the world. It is all about His work, the gift of salvation given to all who trust in Jesus Christ, and what He has done that is revealed in Scripture. God deserves all the glory, honor and praise, for He has rescued and redeemed His people.

Posted on July 16, 2013, in Devotions and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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