God is about the business of transforming followers of Jesus (His only begotten Son) into His likeness. Jesus is our model in all things. He is both our source and goal. The Christian life is about becoming more and more like Jesus in word, thought, and deed. How are you doing with that goal? We will all struggle and stumble, fall and sin. But, it really happens to the obedient disciple,… we begin to change and reflect the love and character of God. Whatever degree we fail to become like Him in this life, there is the hint and my hope that He ‘fast-forwards us’ when He returns. The apostle Paul promises that He will complete the work in us! Then again, maybe that’s what part of heaven is about… the ultimate perfecting of the saints.
Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now. And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. So it is right that I should feel as I do about all of you, for you have a special place in my heart. You share with me the special favor of God, both in my imprisonment and in defending and confirming the truth of the Good News. God knows how much I love you and long for you with the tender compassion of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:3-8 NLT
What are the changes God is making in me right now? Where do I continue to resist the work He is doing? How could I simply obey by letting go of something holding me back, or embracing that which He has appointed for me?
God, as this day begins- I desire to be complete in You. Help me today to know You more, love You more, and in response to Your great love- become just a little more like You. Fast forward me, please!