The Beautiful Bride - Week 4, Day 3

“Look Alikes”

IF… Paul said, “I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:1-2 (NIV)

THEN… because of God’s love and mercy, I will allow myself to be transformed by the daily renewing of my mind through the truth of God’s Word and time spent with Him in prayer. I will recognize that worship does not just take place on Sunday mornings, and I will strive to make everything I think, say and do an act of worship that is holy and pleasing to God.

I am so thankful that the word transformed indicates that the work God is doing in me is a process. If it has to be an immediate change from all of my old patterns and ways, then I am a complete failure.  However, in these verses, we see that God does not expect perfection. In fact, on this side of heaven, we can never achieve perfection, but we can and should be striving toward that goal. 

Have you ever noticed that the longer people are married, the more they begin to look alike? In fact, the more time you spend with anyone, the more you begin to look like that person, sometimes internally and sometimes even externally.  Recently, I posted a “selfie” of my oldest daughter and me as my profile picture.  I have dark hair; she has dirty blond.  I have brown eyes; she has beautiful blue eyes. For some reason, it was a picture that many people commented on, but the most amusing comments were from her friends at school. So many of them commented on how much we look alike! What they did not know is that, although my heart holds her heart the same way that it holds every child’s in my home, she does not have my biological genes. She is adopted! She moved into our home at the end of her elementary school years.  At that time she looked nothing like a member of our family, but now, five years later, WE LOOK ALIKE TO HER FRIENDS! It was a very special moment for each of us. She liked being told that she looked like me, and I loved the idea as well. 

Getting to the point of resembling one another did not happen over night.  It started with the transformation of her heart and mind.  It took years for her to consistently claim our ways as her ways, and there are still days that she struggles over what it looks like to be a “Fitzgerald.” However, looking back at where we started and seeing the progress that we have made, we celebrate the similarities that we now share. 

Our lives as Christ followers work the same way. The changes will not happen overnight, but the more time we spend with our groom, the more we will be transformed into his image. Our progress should be obvious to others, and it should never cease (1 Timothy 4:15-16). Do people recognize that you belong to the family of God? Do your attitudes and behaviors look like those of Jesus? Do you look more like Jesus today than you did last year?  

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