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11/09/2009

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The Right Image


"For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of Him who sent me" (Jno.6:38).

Yesterday I asked a question in my adult Bible class. It went something like this..."How and when do we improve?" There were no wrong answers given but I was looking for something a bit deeper. My take was that one can only improve is when we know what we ought to be. A ballplayer doesn't start the rigorous steps to become good until he decides that he really wants to be a ballplayer. Sometimes out of simplicity comes profundity. Jesus knew all along what He wanted to do. His "ought to be" was doing the will of the Father. You might be interested in reading the next verse in John to see what the will of the Father is.

Lets get back to us...Our "ought to be" (goal) should be to make the Christian image an inter-woven part of our life. As Jesus' goal was to do the will of the Father, ours ought to be getting enmeshed in doing His will. The apostle Paul was willing to walk through fire to attain that image. The reading is lengthy, but in Philippians 3:7-14 he explains. "Whatever was my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ....I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ.... I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings....not that I have obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that which Christ took hold of for me....forgetting what is behind and straining for what is ahead, I press on towards to goal to win the prize." Being in Christ's image meant EVERYTHING to him.

So....How do we get into this image? It is explained..."put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator" (Col. 3:10). Putting on Christ means that we want to be "remade" in His image. The Holy Spirit dwelling within us will aid us along the way as we strive to attain the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Image may just be more important than we thought..

Have a great start to your week...Go about doing good... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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