Thursday, January 12, 2017

TOMORROWS MESSAGE OF HOPE...



When answering the question... "What on Earth am I here for?" ... there is really a foundational answer we must accept. That is because this one answer explains all the other answers which may be given to all the questions abut being Christian.

What on Earth am I here for?

The key verse we will be using as a foundation for each of the upcoming messages is Romans 8:29 (NKJV)

For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son...

Now re-read this but emphasize the  bold part. This fact of what God wants to do in each of the lives of His children is clear. Some may say: "He wants us to evangelize." This is totally true. The question must be asked then... How can we better evangelize than when we are like Christ? God knows that the more we become like Christ (Christ-like) the more we will live obediently to the Father. This same principle is true of all commands we find in the Bible. In other words... When we are being disobedient, we are not being like Christ. When we are not living holy, we are not being Christ like. When we are selfish, we are not being Christ like.

To build upon being Christ like, let me throw this in. If we want people to have what we have (Christ), we need to live our lives like the One we want them to have (Christ).

Conformed - σύμμορφος - symmorphos

This is where we get the English word morph. This Greek word is used here as conform and in Phil. 3:21 as fashioned like unto.

Thinking back to last weeks message dealing with the potter, we begin to get a greater picture of God at work in our lives. God is working, like a potter to morph us (taking us from what we are and transforming us into what He wants us to be). This same picture is painting in the Phil 3:21 (KJV).

Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

 So... What on Earth am I here for? To be conformed into the likeness of Christ.

NOW... Make sure you join us tomorrow as we dig into Paul's letter to the church at Philipi and learn from His testimony of how to be Christ-like. Phil 3:12 (NKJV)

Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.

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