Do you yearn to be more like Christ? The bible teaches that one of the goals God has for you is to remake you into the image of His Son. The bible says, “For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son…” (Rom 8:29).
For most of us, being remade into Christ’s image requires drastic transformation. It’s like the show, “Complete Home Makeover.” There are times when the team looks at the condition of the old home and concludes the only way to improve the situation is to tear down the old and start anew.
This is the same view God takes with us. In His Word He tells us, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Cor. 5:17).
When God enters our life through Christ, He does not seek to remodel the old home; nor does He add additions on to the old structure. We are not a new and improved version of our old self. In Christ we are entirely new.
One of the key components of the Christian life, then, is that we are to experience radical transformation. This happens when we allow the Lord to speak His Word into our life.
The bible says that, “The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).
Through the Word, God seeks to speak His truth into our lives. When we allow that to happen we experience His power within. The result is an inward transformation.
If you were to look back over the course of your Christian life, can you say with honesty that you are becoming more like Christ? Are you more loving and forgiving. Are you more disgusted with sin today than you were this time last year? Do you see yourself desiring more of God and less of the world now? Are you more concerned with the condition of the lost today than you were in the past?
In order for us to experience God’s power in our lives, we must decide that we are going to respond to His Word. The bible was not given so that we could learn a great deal. It was given so that our hearts could be remade into the glorious image of Jesus.
Knowledge is great and needful, but transformation is essential. God seeks to and promises to accomplish this work in our lives (Phil. 1:6); but we must allow the power of His Word to do the work (Phil 2:12-13).