What Am I Becoming?
Read Romans Chapter 8
Ro 8:29 For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those He predestined, He also called; those He called, He also justified; those He justified, He also glorified.
We have all heard that a part of our lifetime sanctification process is described as ‘becoming Christ-like,’ or ‘more like Christ.’ If you ever wondered where that idea came from, here it is. We are “predestined to be conformed to the likeness of His Son.” That’s a tall order. For the remainder of our lives, we are to be about the business of conforming to the image of Jesus Christ.
Some time ago, it was popular to say, WWJD, and to wear a wristband with that message on it. It is a good thing to think about. If we considered what He would do every time we faced a difficult situation in life, we would be less likely to do the wrong thing. We can even say that we should consider that thought in every situation of life, whether difficult or not.
Have we ever thought about the opposite idea? What would Jesus NOT do? For sure, Jesus would not have done many of the things I have done in my lifetime. Since Christians are asked to become like Christ, we would be well advised to ask ourselves that question often, every day. What are the things we must avoid in order to become more like Christ? They are too many to innumerate.
In regard to SSA, we can be very clear; living a gay life is not what Jesus would do. Neither would He give nodding approval of those who do. As long as a man or woman is living that way, he or she is living in non-conformity to the likeness of Christ. How can anyone believe otherwise? It makes no sense.
Verse 30 takes this idea even further. As we become more and more Christ-like in our daily lives, He is in the process of justifying each of us, and eventually glorifying us. “Glorifying us” is another concept in Christianity which I don’t understand; I simply believe it because God said it.
How can a person live a gay life and at the same time claim that he is being glorified? Is such a thing possible? Where is the glory in same-sex lusts and actions? For the remainder of our lives, let us consider these thoughts each time we are tempted with our fleshly desires. It is imperative that we sin less and less each day, week, month, and year.
Here is one more passage which compels us to strive to become Christ-like:
2Co 3:18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
That should be our number one lifetime goal.
Prayer: Father, it is no wonder that we are still such carnal Christians! There is no way that our glorification can be completed as long as we continue to dabble in same-sex sins. Help us to become more dedicated to the task of becoming more like You. Have mercy on us, and strengthen us, that our world will be able to see You when they see us.