Monday, February 24, 2020

To Be Like Jesus

By Andrea Merrell

For those God foreknew he also predestined 
to be conformed to the image of his Son.
Romans 8:29 NIV

We hear it all the time in church: We need to be more like Jesus. We sang about it as we grew up: Oh, to be like Jesus. We are called to be His followers.

To follow is to imitate, but what exactly does it mean to imitate our Lord and Savior. After all, He’s deity. God’s one and only Son. The Word made flesh. Our soon-coming King. We’re born with a sinful, carnal nature. How can we possibly put that aside and become what God wants us to become?

The Word says God predestined us to be conformed to the image of His Son. That means He determined in advance by divine will that we could possess the attributes of Jesus. I believe, just as in all things spiritual, we make it much harder than it really is. When God gave us all things that pertain to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3 NKJV), He didn’t make the process so complicated we could never achieve it.

Simply put, Jesus has eyes of grace, a heart of compassion, hands of healing, a tongue of wisdom, ears of understanding, and the breath of peace. That’s why we’re instructed to offer ourselves as living sacrifices. Every part of us is designed to bless others.

Are you ready to be like Jesus?

(Photo courtesy of and Stuart Miles.)


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