“For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters” Romans 8:29, NLT.
Our destiny is to look like Jesus on the inside and to behave like Jesus on the outside. Many men are spiritual powerhouses, can pray the roof off, praise the Lord, and administrate duties with a spirit of excellence. We appear like strong mighty lions, but who are we inwardly? Do we love just as loud? Forgive just as strong? Are we as obedient to God as our prayers are powerful?
These are things of the heart that matter most to God. The nuts and bolts of a man of character are how we respond when it’s time to let go, how we behave when we don’t get our way, how we act when our gifts and callings are ignored, and what we do when we experience failure. It’s time we let God break off everything that doesn’t look like Him so that we can develop His godly character in our lives. The laziness and procrastination, no more. The unforgiveness and resentment, that’s not who you are. No more pornography and sexual perversion. The pride and arrogance, no my brother. No more making a person or thing your idol. Time for holiness, clean hands and a pure heart. You can be the godly man you know you were created to be.
You are of a royal priesthood, chosen and are predestined for a great work that will bring God great glory, but His work in you is where it all begins.
Prayer: Father, I praise you. Thank you for speaking to me. I know whatever you reveal to me that needs changing in my life, you will help change it. you are with me and I receive your help. In Jesus name, Amen.
Study: Psalm 24:3-5, Proverbs 31:1-9, 1 Peter 2:9 & 2 Peter 1:4-8, Philippians 2:13