Becoming More and More Like Christ

“Those whom God had already chosen he also set apart to become like his Son…” Romans 8:29 (GNT) 

The Inspired Life is about the process of becoming more and more like Christ.

1.  There is a perfect blueprint

“For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps.”  1 Peter 2:21(NLT) 

What is a blueprint? It’s a pattern that reveals how things are to look when you’re finished.  Jesus is that for us.  He lived His life as an example to us.  His way of living, speaking, loving, praying and working through life is a blueprint of how we are to live: He obeyed, so I obey.  He trusted, so I trust. He prayed, so I pray. As incredible as it sounds, we are called to live as Jesus lived…and we can!

“Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.” 1 John 2:6 (NLT) 

When I think about how I’m living in comparison to the blueprint I’m following, I fall short and say:  Please be patient, God is not finished with me yet.  But when God gets finished with me, I’ll (mostly) look like, live like and love like Jesus.  Are you living with the right blueprint?  How is your relationship with the God as Your Heavenly Father?

2.  There is a construction process

“For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.”  1 Corinthians 3:9 

You and I are under construction!  I drove by some tornado damaged homes in Dallas recently that were being rebuilt.  It reminded me how many of us have been damaged in life.  Is that you?  Stop pushing yourself to total perfection.  Be thankful for what God has done so far.

Have any of you ever remodeled or built?  I’ve been through a few construction jobs in the church and the mission field.  It’s messy, unpredictable, expensive, inconvenient, frustrating and exhausting.  How do you get through the building process?

“Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end. He did not give up because of the cross! On the contrary, because of the joy that was waiting for him, he thought nothing of the disgrace of dying on the cross, and he is now seated at the right side of God's throne.”  Hebrews 12:2 (GNT) 

You have to focus on how nice things will be when it’s finished.  In a natural construction, you have a new home, church etc.  In this spiritual process, you’ll look like Jesus and have a new, inspired life!

Keep your eyes on Him.  Your marriage, business and ministry is being built.  It’s messy and hard, but it will be worth it if you stick with the blueprint and stay in the process until it is complete.

3.  There is a call to build others

“So then, let us aim for harmony in the church and try to build each other up.”   Romans 14:19 (NLT) 

You have a mission to fulfill in your life.  God has given you a purpose and an assignment.  

Recently, Pastors Albert and Genny were honored by Reality for the past ten years of service.  (They are transitioning out of Reality and into Lift, leaving Jordan and April Cannistraci to lead Reality.)  One by one, the testimonies from the kids poured out:  Pastor Albert and Genny invested in me, believed in me, were there for me.  They literally BUILT they students lives.  

Would say God, use me to build the lives of others?  You are not just being built, you are a builder…of others.  As you are being loved, you’ll love others.  As you’re being built, you will build others.  As you become a disciple, you will disciple others.  As He does great things in your life, you’ll do great things for Him.

You may feel unworthy and discouraged…like you’re a mess.  God is not finished with you.  It will be worth it and God is faithful.  There is a blueprint, a process and a purpose…and it WILL be completed.

“I’m sure about this: the one who started a good work in you will stay with you to complete the job by the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6 (CEB)