Sunday, February 3, 2008

Purpose Driven Life - Day 22 - Created to Become Like Christ

I'm posting this before going off to this evenings gathering so that I can get an early night tonight! I'm sure Lee is going to be great this evening - we're so priveleged to have him as part of our church family and I'm really excited to see him continue to develop his ministry beyond the youth.

If you weren't around this morning can I suggest you listen to the podcast of this mornings meeting as I really sense it was an important message for all of us as we seek to become more like Christ - it's not on the website yet but I'm sure will be there soon. Perhaps even if you were there you might want to listen to it again!

Hope you have a great week. Don't foget to keep those comments coming!

Simon.

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You were created to become like Christ!

“God knew what he was doing from the beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son … We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him.” Romans 8:29 (Msg)

From the very beginning, God’s plan has been to make you like his Son, Jesus. God announced this intention at Creation: “Then God said, ‘Let us make human beings in our image and likeness.” Genesis 1:26 (NCV)

God’s ultimate goal for your life on earth is not comfort, but character development. He wants you to grow up spiritually and become like Christ. Becoming like Christ does not mean losing your personality or becoming a mindless clone. God created your uniqueness, so he certainly doesn’t want to destroy it.

We allow Christ to live through us. “For this is the secret: Christ lives in you.” Colossians 1:27 (NLT)

How does this happen in real life? Through the choices we make. We choose to do the right thing in situations and then trust God’s Spirit to give us his power, love, faith, and wisdom to do it. Since God’s Spirit lives inside of us, these things are always available for the asking.

Jesus did not die on the cross just so we could live comfortable, well-adjusted lives. His purpose is far deeper: He wants to make us like himself before he takes us to heaven. This is our greatest privilege, our immediate responsibility, and our ultimate destiny.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

i actually did the study before coming to church in morning...chris and i were discussing it and we did wonder if Simon would maybe spend another meeting talking about this chapter...this purpose.....before moving on to third purpose....

unity...it is a very important part of the study...the entire weeks readings have been about..community and unity etc...very much food for thought for me

the message about ..becoming more like Christ has again been relevant and timely....and with Lees message this evening it seems as if God is speaking to us all and making sure we are all in the centre of His purpose for our lives...both as individuals and as a body of believers.....some real key issues being dealt with ....its an " adventure" as Lee put it....

irene m.

Simon Benham said...

Hi Irene,

You are winning the award for champion commenter! Please keep going as I can see from the stats that many people read the comments, even if they've not quite summoned the courage to write an entry yet!

Simon.

iris j said...

I thought both Simon and Lee were terrificc yesterday..but I do need to listen to yesterday mornings again.

It has been good to be part of the community for a long time and I hopr to be part of it for a long time to come..

When I used to be out in the work place I often did not feel part of the Church Community..it often felt like I was just attending Church.

There is soooo much in this chapter that is needing more thinking about and will need to be prayed about too.

To be more Christ like is very much what we all desire and I look forward to the challenge and the adventure of doing that.

iris j