A rather large woman went to an exercise and diet clinic. The first thing the supervisor did was to draw a silhouette on a mirror, in the shape she wished to become. As she stood in front of the mirror, she bulged out over the silhouette. The instructor told her “our goal is for you to be conformed to this shape.”
For many weeks the woman exercised and dieted. Each week she would stand in front of the mirror but her volume, while decreasing, still overflowed. So she continued to exercise and diet more rigidly. Finally, one happy day, she stood in front of the mirror and found she was CONFORMED to the image of the silhouette.
GOD has set a silhouette for His children. He has drawn the IMAGE OF CHRIST and seeks to fit us to that image.
Romans 8:29 tells us God’s purpose is for us “to be CONFORMED to the image of His Son”
In Ephesians 4:13 Paul makes it even more awesome. He says we are to become “a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” or as the Amplified puts it “nothing less than the standard height of Christ’s own perfection”
Christlikeness: what a goal!
It is so easy to be conformed to this world, but it takes a lot of time and effort to be conformed to the image of God’s Son.
We need to ask ourselves daily if we are striving towards that goal and we SHOULD be seeing a gradual change as we read His Word, seek His will and follow His direction.
Is Christlikeness possible? Not in this lifetime, but we know that “When He appears we SHALL BE LIKE HIM for we shall see Him as He is” 1 John 3:2 and “I shall be satisfied when I awake with THY LIKENESS” Psalm 17:15
MEANWHILE we SHOULD be seeing a measure of CONSTANT GROWTH towards that goal – towards Christlikeness.
# If you have EVER been closer to the Lord than you are at this moment, you are a backslider.
# To be much like Christ, spend much time with Christ.
# So live that people who remember you will remember Jesus Christ.