A rather large woman went to an exercise and diet clinic. The first thing the supervisor did was to draw a silhouette on a mirror, in the shape she wished to become. As she stood in front of the mirror, she bulged out over the silhouette. The instructor told her:
“our goal is for you to be conformed to this shape.”
For many weeks the woman exercised and dieted. Each week she would stand in front of the mirror but her volume, while decreasing, still overflowed. So she continued to exercise and diet more rigidly. Finally, one happy day, she stood in front of the mirror and found she was CONFORMED to the image of the silhouette.
Romans 8:29 tells us God’s purpose is for us
“to be CONFORMED to the image of His Son”
In Ephesians 4:13 Paul makes it even more awesome.
He says we are to become
“a perfect man,
unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ”
or as the Amplified puts it
than the standard height of Christ’s own perfection”
CHRISTLIKENESS! What a GOAL!
It is so easy to become conformed to this world, but it takes a lot of time and effort to be conformed to the image of God’s Son. We need to ask ourselves daily if we are striving towards that goal and we SHOULD be seeing a gradual change as we read His Word, seek His will and follow His direction.
Is complete conformity to Christ possible?
Not in this lifetime, but we know that
“When He appears
WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM
for we shall see Him as He is”
1 John 3:2
and in Psalm 17:15
“I shall be satisfied when I awake with THY LIKENESS”
MEANWHILE we SHOULD be seeing a measure of CONSTANT GROWTH towards that goal – towards Christlikeness.
Mr Anon says:
# If you have EVER been closer to the Lord than you are at this moment, you are a
# To be much LIKE Christ, spend much time WITH Christ.
# So live that people who remember YOU will remember JESUS CHRIST