Image and Likeness
The ultimate goal is the image and likeness of Christ, and that’s what we
should all be striving for. A lot of Christians strive for money, fame,
acclaim, status, material things, and so forth, but the ultimate goal is
the image and likeness of Christ.
Sometimes people are not happy because they don’t have a man, a woman.
They’re not happy because they don’t have a big house, they don’t have the
great car, the luxurious car and so forth, and people are not happy and not
content. But not knowing that your ultimate goal anyway was striving for
the image and likeness of Christ. We want Jesus to be fully formed in us,
and we are to capitalize on every opportunity to allow ourselves to grow.
Those are all the attributes of the Father and the Holy Spirit. That love,
unconditional, the peace that surpasses all of understanding, the joy
that’s inexpressible and full of glory, that’s what it’s all about.
So the Scripture tells us: “If you want to come after me,” Jesus said,
“deny yourself, take up the cross and follow Me.” Paul said, “I die daily.”
Scripture in Galatians 2:20 says, “We have been crucified with Christ. It
is no longer us who live, but Christ lives in us. Colossians 1:27, “Is
Christ in you?” The only hope of glory. That is what it’s all about. Romans
8:29 says: “For whom he foreknew, he also predestined.” That we will be
conformed to the image and likeness of Jesus Christ, God’s son, and that is
what it’s all about. The image and likeness of Christ, and I just want to
encourage you. Don’t be pressing and striving towards the carrot that
you’ll never catch up with. Allow every opportunity a moment to grow.
So when people hurt you, forgive them. It develops love. When people are
frantic, panicking, anxious and everything, just go ahead and exercise your
peace. That surpasses all understanding. When folks are all depressed about
what’s going on around the world, you let your joy that’s inexpressible and
full of glory, let it rise up, because that’s the Christ in you. So what
we’re trying to do is to just grow into the image and likeness of Christ.
We want Jesus fully formed in us, and that’s what this whole walk is about.
So keep pressing toward that mark. The upper goal is not a material thing,
it’s not a financial goal, it’s not a social status, occupational status
and so forth. It’s the image and likeness of Christ. That’s the ultimate
goal, so that’s where you want to grow to.