BECOMING LIKE JESUS
“Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” — 1 John 3:18 NKJV
It isn’t enough for us to grow in the knowledge of Christ; we must also grow in grace. The better we know Jesus, the more we trust Him, and the more we trust Him, the more we learn to love Him. Peter wrote, “Though you have not seen Him, you love Him.” — 1 Peter 1:8 ESV
Becoming like Jesus, after all, is the goal of the Christian life and the purpose behind God’s great plan of salvation, for we have been “…predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son” (Romans 8:29). It isn’t enough for us to grow in the knowledge of Christ; we must also “grow in grace” (2 Peter 3:18) and become more like Christ. It is very easy to grow in “Bible knowledge” and yet never manifest the grace of Jesus Christ in our lives. It is easier to preach about humility than to practice it, or to study the Greek words for love than to love one another.
We can become better people. God never gives up on us even though we may decide to give up on ourselves. The moment you were born again, Jesus said, “You are — you shall be!” Let’s intentionally focus to becoming more like Christ every day! Amen!
“The Lord will perfect that which concerns me.” Psalms 138:8