Conformed To The Likeness

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Identity - Conformed To The Likeness - Romans 8:29 - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Identity – Conformed To The Likeness – Romans 8:29 – Growing As Disciples

For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. Romans 8:29 (NIV)

Like Him

I have a plan for your life. Do you want to hear what it is? Yes, I would. My plan is that you will become like my Son. I want to mold and shape your life so that you look a lot like Him. When people see you, I want them to see my Son in you. I’d like that very much. That is the desire of my heart. Yes, I know. Where do you think that desire came from? From you, I’m sure. What makes you so sure of that? Such a dramatic change of desire within me could have only come from you. For so much of my life, my desires were very much in step with everyone else in this world. How so? I lived exclusively for my own pleasure. I did what felt good. All my thoughts, words, and actions were molded and shaped by the world’s value system. They’re not now? No, I now know that you are in the process of changing me. Do you like what I am doing in you? Yes, I do. Tell me about that.

I like that you are changing my heart and mind. Your work is obviously an inside job. Why do you think that? I’ve noticed that there are a lot of sinful things that I don’t do or say anymore. It’s not because I’ve gotten better at keeping a lid on them either. No, it’s because you have been changing me on the inside so that I look and act different on the outside. You got that right. What have I been using to transform your heart and mind?

You have been molding me and shaping me by your word. You have given me such a hunger for your word. I have been thinking deeply about it day and night. Yes, I know. That pleases me. How do you think my word has been working in you? Your word changes my thoughts. It’s like your Holy Spirit uses your word to push my old thoughts out of my heart and mind. It seems like the Holy Spirit is using your word like a sword to fight in me, for me, and through me. Sometimes old patterns of thought and action don’t leave without a battle. You are winning the battle over my heart and mind one day at a time. For that I am so very thankful.

I know that you have been impatient about the changes I’ve been making in your life. You’ve wanted them to come more quickly. Yes, I have. That desire is good. Yet, I want you to trust me. It would be the devil’s trick for you to become discouraged. He wants you to give up and fall back into your old patterns of living. Keep your eyes on me. It is me that is changing you day-by-day and moment-by-moment. By the way, when do you think my work in you will be complete and finished? When I’m living with you forever in heaven. Yes, that’s right.  

Father, I welcome your work in me. Mold my life so that I become like your son in all I think, say, and do. Help me to stand against the world’s efforts to conform me into its image. I want people to see Jesus Christ living in me.  Amen

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Conformed To The Likeness

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 11 - Romans 8:29-30 - Conformed To The Likeness - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 11- Romans 8:29-30 – Conformed To The Likeness – Growing As Disciples

For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. Romans 8:29-30 (NIV)

Like Him

I have a plan. I have had it from the very beginning. For most of your life you would have never been able to guess my plan. For the same length of time you would not have believed in my plan.  For many years of your life you would have wanted no part of my plan. You would have laughed off my plan. You’re not laughing now are you? No, I am not. Now you don’t need to guess. You know what my plan is for your life. Yes, I know your plan. What is my plan? Your plan is that I will become like your Son, Jesus Christ. Yes, that is my plan. You will mold and shape my life everyday so that I will conform to the image of your Son. Yes, I will. How do you feel about my plan? I like the plan that you have had for me from the beginning. I want what you want. I want to become like your Son more than anything else in all of life. Then we are on the same page. We both have the same goal in mind. Yes, we do.

Do you think it is a little strange that you now passionately want to become like my Son? I don’t know if it is strange. It is definitely a miracle that only you could accomplish. Why do you say that? You pointed out to me that I would not have guessed, believed in or wanted your plan. Yes, I did, do you think I was right? Yes, you were right, there is no doubt about that. What happened to you? What caused your desires to change? I can’t believe that you are asking me what happened. I’m sure that you know. That’s not why I’m asking you what happened. Why are you asking me what happened? I want you to take time to think about what happened to you. I want you to know why your desires have changed. I had enough. Of what, did you have enough? I had enough of myself. I had enough of my self-centered, selfish life. I had enough of all that the world had to offer. I had enough of my own sin. I had enough of my own pain and brokenness. I wanted more. Of what, did you want more? I couldn’t articulate it at the time. I cried out to you. It was more like a scream, wasn’t it? Yes, it was.  I asked you to show yourself to me. Did I, show myself to you? Yes, you did. Obviously, I was empty. I knew that there was a void in my life. There was an emptiness that only you could fill. Now I know that the “more” I wanted was you.

You put this desire for “more” in my heart, didn’t you? Yes, I did. It was your plan that I would want to love you with all my heart and mind and soul. Yes, it was. It was you who has filled me with this passionate desire to know you. It is you that has made me hunger and thirst for you. Yes, I did. It was you that has given me great joy in my wanting to become like your Son. It is you that has given me delight in doing what pleases you. Yes, it is.

Heavenly Father, I like the plan that you have had from the beginning. I want what you want. I want to become like Jesus Christ. Mold and shape my life according to your plan. Do your work in me and make me to be like Him. Amen

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