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Created to Become Like Christ (3 of 6)
February 29, 2004
INTRODUCTION: Week one we looked at "You Were Planned for God's Pleasure." Your first purpose is to get to know and love God. That's called WORSHIP. Last week we talked about how "You Were Formed for God's Family." God wants you to learn to love other people and get along in His family, and the Bible calls that FELLOWSHIP.
Today, we look at the third purpose that God put you on the planet for and we find it in Romans 8:29, "For from the very beginning God decided that those who came to Him, and He knew who would, should become like His Son." (LB)
God's plan has always been to make you like Jesus Christ. Now, let's be clear, He's not saying you're going to be a god. You will never be a god. God doesn't want you to become a god; He wants you to become godly. He wants you to develop His character, the way He thinks, the way He acts, the way He feels, His values, His moral character. God wants to make you like Himself, and that's God's plan for you being here on this planet; to make you like Jesus.
NOTE: Eph 4:15 (NKJV), "but, speaking the truth love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head-Christ."
Eph. 4:15 (Msg), "God wants us to grow up...like Christ in everything."
God's will for you is that you grow up. God wants us to mature and develop, and what does spiritual maturity look like?
Just look at Jesus Christ.
Now, unfortunately, a lot of people grow older but never grow up. He gave us a model of what He wants us to grow up like. There's a process; it doesn't happen overnight. This process is called discipleship and it takes an entire lifetime. It's going to take the rest of your life for God to build character in you, the character qualities of Jesus Christ.
QUESTION: How does God do it? How does God help me to grow spiritually?
We know He uses the Bible. It takes truth to transform us. You get into the Book and the Book ...
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