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Created to Become Like Christ (4 of 5)
J. Gerald Harris
Rick Warren says, "You were created to become like Christ. From the very beginning God's plan has been to make you like His Son Jesus. This is your destiny and the third purpose of your life."
In Romans 8, the apostle Paul said, "And we know that all things work together for good to those that love God, to those who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he foreknew, he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son..." (verses 28- 29b).
And in II Corinthians chapter 3 the apostle Paul said, "But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord" (verse 18).
Now, this process of changing us to be more like Jesus is called sanctification, and it is the third purpose of your life on earth.
Rick Warren says that there are three things that we must do if we're to become like Christ. First of all, we must choose to let go of old ways and old habits. Secondly, we must change the way we think. And third, we must "put on" the character of Christ by developing new godly habits.
Jesus said it like this, "Deny yourself. Take up your cross daily and follow me." With these words Jesus has outlined the terms of discipleship.
By the way, the word "disciple" comes from the Greek word "mathetes," which means "a learner." It denotes one who is an imitator of his teacher. For example, in John 8:31, Jesus said to those Jews which believed on Him: "If you abide in my word, you are my disciples indeed." So, Jesus said a disciple is one who continues, who abides, who dwells in the Word of God.
Rick Warren says, "The Spirit of God uses the Word of God to make us like the Son of God." The most important decision that you can make today is to settle this issue of what will be the ultimate authority for you life. Determine to first ask, "What does the Bible ...
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