We are to be made into the image of God as shown to us in Jesus Christ. We were created in the image of God, but in the fall, the image was marred. As Christians we are being restored into that image.
Andrew Murray in “The Deeper Christian Life,” tells us: “We have not only Christ’s life in us as power, and His Presence with us as a person, but we have His likeness to be wrought into us. He is to be formed in us, so that His form or figure, His likeness, can be seen in us. Bow down before God until you get some sense of he greatness and blessedness of the work to be carried on by God in you this day. Say to God “Father, here I am for Thee to give as much in me of Christ’s likeness that I can receive.” And wait to hear Him say, “My child, I give thee as much of Christ as thy heart is open to receive.” The God who revealed Jesus in the flesh and perfected Him, will reveal Him in thee and perfect thee in Him. The Father loves the Son, and delights to work out His image and likeness in thee. Count upon it that this blessed work will be done in thee as thou waitest on thy God, and holdest fellowship with Him.”
As I write this morning I am convicted that I am guilty of not waiting upon God to speak to me. How can I be formed into the image of Jesus if I rush through my time with Him? If I am to be formed into the image of Jesus, don’t I need to take much time each day to allow God to work that out in me? I sit here now thinking about all the things that are on my schedule for the day and then I think about the time that I have open. How will I spend that open time? What could I do with that time to allow God to work in me?
It all goes back to staying attached to the vine. We can’t bear fruit unless we stay attached (John 15). Jesus says we can’t bear fruit apart from Him. But isn’t that exactly what we try to do? Are we really staying attached? Are we abiding in Him? Verse 6 of John 15 says this (remember these are the words of Jesus):
“If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire and burned.”
Jesus really wants us to abide in Him; to stay attached to Him. It’s important! Our relationship with Him is the most important part of our lives. Do we give nurturing that relationship the place that it deserves in our day? If we are be formed into the image of Jesus, we have to give our relationship more than just a few minutes each day. A few minutes a day is a good start, but is it really enough? This is something that we all have to work out in our own life. Again, as I write this, God is convicting me of all the time that I just waste that I could be spending with Him. What can you do today to give God His rightful place in your daily schedule?
Pray: “Holy God, convict us to make more time for you, that you might delight in working out Christ’s image and likeness in us.”