While there are many more area of Jesus’ life we could looks at today I want to conclude our series on ‘Living like Jesus’. We have really covered a lot of topics in this series which if practised will really change our lives completely and deepen our relationship with our heavenly father.
Our chief goal in life is to glorify and enjoy God forever. Scripture says that we were created for God’s glory and to proclaim his praises (1 Corinthians 10:31; Ephesians 1:11-12; 1 Peter 2:9). We exist to worship God, and in order to be genuine, this worship must come from the heart. It must be a genuine expression of our real feelings. We adore God above everything else, and we submit to his every command. Another way to describe our goal in life is to become more like Jesus.
It is God’s plan for each of us that we “be conformed to the likeness of his Son” (Romans 8:29). Even in this life, we “are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory” (2 Corinthians 3:18). Paul laboured with the Galatians “until Christ is formed in you” (Galatians 4:19). He told the Ephesians that our goal is “attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13).
Maybe you have been thinking over the past weeks ‘how is this possible?’ or ‘I really want to work on this area of my life, but it’s just too hard’. Well here is the great news, we have the Holy Spirit to help us. In addition to the initial work of conviction, repentance, and regeneration, the Spirit provides for the believer’s ongoing sanctification. “God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth.” 2 Thessalonians 2:13
“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” – 2 Cor. 3:18
The Sanctification through the Holy Spirit is seeing the grace of God conquer our rebellion and conform us to the likeness of Christ. We must seek with all our heart, souls and strength to live the way Jesus lived but we can also rest in the assurance that the Holy Spirit is working with us and through us.