Friday, June 26, 2015
“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 3:18
Yesterday, I was asked a thought-provoking question at Bible Study at my church. It was:
“Why do you come to church?”
Each person was given an opportunity to share his or her reasons as to why they leave their busy schedules and come to worship whether it be one, twice or even three times per week.
And, at the end of it all, there is really one main reason – to be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ.
Yes, we love the Word that is preached – and, it’s preached to help us to mature as disciples of Christ… to look more like Jesus.
Yes, we love the praise and worship – and the songs help us to express our love and adoration for the King. As we glorify the Father… we look more like Jesus.
Yes, we enjoy coming together with our spiritual brothers and sisters, sharing life with them and being encouraged to live the abundant life… so that we look more like Jesus.
At the centre of it all, there’s one reason that should motivate us to attend church, to love others, to serve, to give, to endure hardship – TO LOOK LIKE JESUS.
A true disciple of Christ has one aim: to yield to the process of being transformed into the image of God’s Son. And this process is one from glory to glory!
My friend, I ask you today: Why do you go to church?
The why is so important. It’s got to be more than “Church is a nice place to be…”, “This is what my family does…” or “I want to be a good person and do good things.”
Many Believers have no joy in this Christian life, because they haven’t clarified or understood the why. Would you be honest with yourself today? Our heavenly Father is asking for it. Then, wherever you find yourself, see that God is right there with you. Yes, He is!
Ask Him to help you to keep your focus, your motivation and your heart right with Him and He will. Ask Him to help you to embrace and enjoy all the different aspects of the process of being transformed into the image of His Son.
There is joy in transformation, YOU can only get better!