Romans 8:29 – “For those whom He foreknew–of whom He was aware and loved beforehand–He also destined from the beginning…to be conformed into the image of His Son.”
As a believer, part of your destiny is to be molded into the image of Jesus, to grow until you look just like Him. The Holy Spirit began that process the moment you were born again. You were super naturally changed on the inside – instantly. How successful you are in allowing this change to continue and progress to affect the outer man is mostly up to you. We grow up spiritually just like we grow up physically. Diet and exercise!
What can we do to speed up this growing process? Spend more time pursuing the things of the Spirit than you do pursuing the things of the flesh. Become dedicated to the Word of God and make worship and prayer a daily priority. You must be willing to take the time to pull away from the busy things of life and get alone with God. He will guide you, teach you and share His heart with you.
Have you ever noticed that if you spend time around people who have strong personalities, you will automatically be affected by them? The Apostle Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 11:1 -“You should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ.” This Word is so amazing and relevant for us when you see the context. Paul did not have the advantage that the other apostles had by knowing Jesus in the flesh. He did not minister with Jesus as the other apostles did. But after his conversion he pursued Jesus with his whole heart. And because of this pursuit he gained the heart of Christ, to the point of imitation. When you spend time with strong people you’ll find yourself doing the things they do. Their mannerisms will rub off on you. You can’t help it. They just influence you, especially if they are people you respect and admire.
The same thing is true in your relationship with God. If you spend enough time with Him, He’s going to rub off on you and His ways will become your ways. So, make yourself available to Him by praying, worshiping, and loving Him. Daily spend time in His Word and get around other people, who love His Word. Before you know it, you’ll begin to notice yourself changing. You’ll find your character becoming more like His. You’ll begin to think like He does, talk like Him and act like Him. His image will begin to be recognized in you.
My prayer for you today is that you will fall in love with Jesus and then you will become an exact replica of Him.