Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Becoming More Like Christ

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

One of my Bible College professors was fond of saying, “Christianity is a life of ‘becoming.’” The idea behind his comment is the understanding that we are daily ‘becoming’ more and more like Jesus — Christ followers. 

In my mind, that is an impossible task without Scripture because the Bible deals with the deepest aspects of the heart and mind. Unfortunately, too many people think the Bible is only helpful for superficial problems. That it is inadequate for the more complex issues facing modern man. I see it as just the opposite. The best man can do is modify behavior. It can do nothing to transform or redeem the soul. Only God can do that, which He accomplishes by the power of His Word. 

In his class on the Pentateuch at American Hebrew University, Dennis Prager calls the Bible a “Human Repair Manual.” The Bible is the aggregate of God’s instructions to mankind, whether what we believe (creed), what we are (character), or what we do (conduct).

The Psalmist called God’s Word “perfect, restoring the soul.” The word perfect here, speaks of completeness or sufficiency. Man’s ideas and reasoning is incomplete and imperfect. On the other hand, God’s Word contains everything necessary for your spiritual life. And speaking of sufficiency, it can restore the soul. That is the transforming power of the Word, helping you to become the person God wants you to be.

Don’t settle for anything less. God’s Word ministers to your every need. You can, if you want, attempt to become like Christ using human techniques, theories, or therapies, but I assure you, it will be a futile undertaking. Keep your focus on the counsel of God’s Word. 

The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul. Psalm 19:7

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