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Becoming More Like Christ

Becoming More Like Christ

By Carolyn Dale Newell

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,

Philippians 2:5 NKJV

The desire of every Christian should be to become more like Christ. Is that realistic? Jesus was perfect and without sin. How can we pattern our lives after Christ while still living on earth?

We can have the mindset of Jesus. Yes, with the Holy Spirit indwelling us, we can achieve it. Christ thought of others before He thought of Himself. He put us first. That is what Paul explains in Philippians chapter two.

Beginning with verse one, Paul tells believers we have been encouraged by the Lord. In the Greek, the “consolation of His love” refers to Jesus coming close and whispering hope to us.

Then Paul speaks of our fellowship with the Holy Spirit. The same Holy Spirit dwells in all believers. Therefore, there should be unity.

When churches become fractured, it quenches and grieves the Spirit. Cliques only serve to weaken a church.

Paul continues in verse 2:

fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

This is our to-do list that will transform us from self-centered to other-centered and unite the body of Christ.

Like minded is equivalent to right thinking and having the same mind. The same love refers to loving others equally, not preferring some above others and especially not putting ourselves before them either. One accord denotes selflessness. One mind is intent on the same thing.

Next, Paul tells us about our wrong attitudes, the ones we need to put to death.

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. (Phil. 2:3)

Self is at the center of every sin. Paul is referring to seeking to serve self and self-glorification.

Our focal verse is a command, but it is an action we must choose. The Holy Spirit convicted me as I studied this chapter. I am seeking God’s guidance as I choose to have a servant’s mentality.

I challenge you to do likewise. You can take a giant step in becoming more Christlike when you humbly decide to think of someone else before yourself. What would our churches be like if we were all concerned about others more? When we take care of others, God takes care of us. If we all sought the good of another person, we would embrace the joy Paul wrote about. How would our communities’ benefit if all Christians sought to meet the needs of someone else?

It begins with one person. We cannot make decisions for anyone else, but I encourage you to join me and one-by-one we will make a difference.

Lord Jesus, we long to be more like You. Remove our selfishness and replace it with selflessness. Give us opportunities to meet the needs of someone else. In Jesus’ name, Amen

DIG DEEPER

Read Philippians 2:1-11.

HIKING THE TRAIL

What is one thing you can do today to put the needs of another before yourself?

Copyright 2019 Carolyn Dale Newell.

 

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Striving For Holiness

STRIVING FOR HOLINESS

By Carolyn Dale Newell

As obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written,

“Be holy, for I am holy.”

1 Peter 1:14-16 (NKJV)

As God’s children, we are commanded to be holy. We can never reach perfection in this life, but if we strive for holiness, we will bring glory to God. Failure to live an obedient life will tarnish God’s name, and it is a horrible testimony to the unsaved. You will also forfeit many blessings from God.

Christians are like athletes. Have you ever heard an athlete describe the strenuous hours that they spend training? God’s children have their own training field. It is called the Bible. We need to spend time in prayer and Bible study. That is when God will convict us about things that should not be in our lives.

Athletes never reach perfection either, but they constantly aim for it. “Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is sett before us,” (Heb. 12:1b NKJV). You do not see runners wearing blue jeans, jackets, and boots. No, all that weight would slow him down. The same is true for Christians. Sin weighs us down.

We love God, and we want to please Him, and we do not want to bring shame to His name. Do you remember when you were a child, and you did things to please your parents? It is the same with God’s children. We want to live holy lives. We want to hear “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matt. 25:21 NKJV). We should also have a healthy fear about the consequences of sin.

When we do fail, and we will, remember that God is faithful to forgive us (1 John 1:9 NKJV). Now, as obedient children, let’s go run this race and glorify our Father whom we love!

Dear Father,

I love You. I want to please You. Please reveal all my sin to me. Forgive me and help me to turn away from sin. I want to live a life pleasing to You, but apart from Your power, I cannot do it on my own. Please help me to live an obedient life. Thank You for what You have done and what You will do in my life. In Jesus’ name, amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Rom. 6:19, Rom. 6:22, 2 Cor. 7:1, Eph. 4:24, and Heb. 12:14.

HIKING THE TRAIL

What things weigh you down, preventing you from running your best race for God? What can you do about that this week?

Copyright 2014 Carolyn Dale Newell.