Forty Days of Purpose
Discipleship: You were Created to Become Like Christ
May 8, 2005
I have no doubt that every child which is created, like
Adam, in God's own image - that is God's will that
that child becomes like Christ. This involves us all!
There is a sequence - home, church, school, peers,
government - where Americans learned this - a sort
of safety net. See ( Forty Days Lesson 4 Teachers Morality Code of 1916)
Ps. 82:6 - "ye are gods; and all of you are children
of the Most High"
Not "gods" in the strictest sense, but possessing a
derived, and so a qualified, divinity!
"Behold, what manner of love the Father hath
bestowed upon us, that we should be called the
sons of God......Beloved, now are we the sons of God,
and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we
know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him;
for we shall see Him as He is" - I John 3:1-2
It is very hard not to digress here because of the
import of v. 5 of Ps. 82 - where the fundamental bases on
which the life of man upon the earth rests, the very
principles of morality, are shaken, and totter to their
fall, when those whose place it is to administer
justice, pervert it & deal out injustice instead.
Knowing me like you do, I bet a high percentage of
those here and especially our listeners on radio and
watchers on TV probably think I made that up but
it comes verbatim from p. 178 - Pulpit Commentary -
vol. 8 - The Psalms.
"If the foundations be destroyed, what can the
v. 7 "ye shall die like men and fall like one of the
You were designed for a better fate than that.
While we are still in Jeremiah look at 6:30-31,29
I say "woe to those who love to have it so" - that
for the Lord do not gather, only scatter!
Romans 12:2 - not a conformation - that is for horses -
not a confirmation but a transformation.
We are to offer our bodies.
A living sacrifice. INSULATED from the negative
influences of the world. Insulated, not isolated!
Self-centered, selfish, materialistic Society - the
world’s philosophy and mentality. Don’t get
caught up in it but be TRANSFORMED.
Everybody’s doing it does not make it right.
There is no right way to do the wrong thing.
(Sunday alcohol sales)
Isolated - compare John 17
The other extreme - imitating and being
conformed to the world and its culture -
by so doing the “salt has lost its saltness”-
The solution is neither imitation nor isolation.
It is insulation and infiltration.
Human secularism and godless materialism
in a society that rejects God.
John 17:15 - “I pray not that thou shouldest
take them out of the world, but that
thou shouldest keep them from the evil”
“be not conformed” by what is accepted by
others - public opinion polls.
Human character and life are treated as
something to be formed and fashioned by
the personal will.
In the New Testament, Satan is called "the
prince of this world" - the unbelieving, the
unchristian population are designated as the
"children of this world".
To be Godless is to be lifeless! To be "fashioned
according to this world" is to conform to sinful
and prevalent practices.
“be transformed” - a metamorphosis - what
a caterpillar goes through to become a beautiful
Rob - Home School - Project
"be renewed" - "this is the will of God, even
your sanctification" - I Thess. 4:3 - Set apart from
evil and for the use of God!
Likeness to God will exclude likeness to the world!
This is only the result of the Holy Spirit working in
us, producing this likeness to God, transforming us
into His image, bringing every thought into captivity
to the obedience of Jesus Christ!
This transformation is to be developed by living
near to God. Prayer, and the study of God's Word,
are avenues toward obtaining this likeness.
Renewal of the mind - not self-focused but
focused upon God - “looking to Jesus the author
and finisher of our faith”
God's will is SALVATION, growth and personal
habits and life style that is a reflection of Jesus Christ,
a witness, the salt of the earth, a source of preservation
"ye must be born again" is a Divine imperative!
Mr. Warren says once you are in the family of God, God
wants you to spend the rest of your life developing family
characteristics. He wants to make you like Jesus Christ!
God's part and our part.
vs. 12-13 - Work out! Work in!
It does not say here - work for your salvation.
Eph. 2:8-10 "Salvation is of the Lord" -Jonah 2:9
"I, even I am the Lord; and beside me there is no Savior"
"Salvation belongeth unto the Lord" - Ps. 3:8
"Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no
flesh be justified in His sight: for by the law is the
knowledge of sin" - Rom. 3:20
"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there
is none other name under heaven given among men
whereby we must be saved" - Acts 4:12
"your own salvation" - I hear a lot about "its not
about you" - eleven times in the first paragraph of
The Purpose Driven Life some form of you is mentioned.
Christ saves - God forgives - your growth and
development has to do with you - Alternative School -
you have to live the rest of your life with yourself -
Job says - "whom I shall see for myself and not
"with fear and trembling" - salvation and growth
have eternal consequences
v. 13 - "for it is God which worketh in you"
"energeo" - ( ) - Greek word - energy
It is God that gives us the power and energy -
Three tools God uses to make us like Jesus
b. Holy Spirit
II Tim. 3:16-17
Mr. Warren says that "If you want to get serious
about changing to be more like Jesus, you need to
get into the Bible" - NEED - KNEAD
The more you get into the Word of God, the more you
are going to be changed.
Through the commands and examples in Scripture we
discover God's plan for salvation and spiritual growth.
Many Christians are confused about God's will simply
because they do not know His Word!
I Cor. 10:13 - "Now all these things happened unto them
for ensamples: and they are written for our
admonition, upon whom the ends of the world
are come"...."and so much more as ye see the
day approaching" - Heb. 10:25b
"The entrance of thy word giveth light; it giveth
understanding to the simple". Ps. 119:130
The second tool God uses to make you like Jesus is
the HOLY SPIRIT.
The Holy Spirit gives the leadership, the direction and
the power to change, to drop bad habits, to develop new
ones, to change the way you think and respond to
John 1:12 - That is God's design
The secular world looks "deep within" but can never
succeed to salvation, to justification, to sanctification -
the best they can do is exemplified in Matt. 12:43-45
Unfortunately we do not always open God's word, thus
the necessity of preaching - Rom. 10:11-17
II Cor. 3:18 - teaches us that the Spirit of the Lord
Is. 30:21 - Usually a shepherd went before the flock and
the instructions would be before them but sometimes
the shepherds guided from behind the flock
We do not always listen to the Holy Spirit so another tool
God uses is circumstances.
Running of the Kentucky Derby - clucking, wooing,
jerking, use of the whip - Ps. 32:9-10
Sometimes God uses a third way when we do not respond
to His Spirit and that is through CIRCUMSTANCES.
ADVERSITY IS GOD'S OWN TOOL TO SHAPE THE
MAN BY CHIPPING AWAY THE FOOL.
God often uses problems, pressures, difficulties, stresses
to mold and shape our character.
Health Class Adaptive and Maladaptive Behavior -
Mental and Defensive Mechanisms.
Everybody has problems. Adam blew it but I never
will criticize Adam for I have made the same or worse
choices in my life.
(remembrance of sin vs. sin of not believing Jesus cleansed
me from sin) - Jesus plus ?????? = worst sin - IT IS JESUS ONLY - not Jesus plus?
Satan wants to destroy your life - "walketh about seeking
whom he may devour" - Satan desires to sift you like wheat -
"but I have prayed for thee that thy faith fail not"
These poor decisions we make bring problems upon
I have blown it - I blow it - I shall blow it!?
Another EGR case - Extra Grace Required
If God is going to make us like His Son then we can
expect to be tempted in all points like He was but yet
we/I have sinned, sin and will sin! Whereas Jesus was
"in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin" - Hebrews 4:15
Jesus experienced problems, loneliness, depression,
anger, impatience ???, He was criticized and misunder-
stood - He wants to develop us - He wants us to GROW UP!
Phil. 3:8b-10 II Cor. 1:3 - "the God of all comfort"
Why art thou cast down O II Cor. 4:17-18 Rom. 8:18
my soul and why art thou
disquieted within me?
Jer. 29:11-13 Psalm 103:13 Heb. 11:24-26
"He that is faithful in that which is least is
faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in
that which is least is unjust also in much. If
therefore ye have not been faithful in the
unrighteous mammon, WHO WILL COMMIT
TO YOUR TRUST THE TRUE RICHES?"
Three choices to help be more like Christ.
a. What you think about - Eph. 4:20-24
Jer. 10:23 Prov. 3:1-10
The more you fill your mind with
God's Word, the more it transforms
b. You allow God's Spirit to work in your
life - depend on Him moment by moment.
You and I must abide in Him - John 15:4-5
Resolutions - turning over a new leaf -
good intentions - is only like an adornment -
garnished, swept and clean - "washing the outside
of the cup and of the platter, but within full of
extortion and excess" - Matt. 23:25
c. You can respond positively to circumstances.
Adversity will make you better of bitter - Joe B. Hall
You are born again instantly but you must grow and
develop for the rest of your life - Beware of laziness/atrophy/!
We know not what will happen on the morrow but
we know who holds tomorrow!
"Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these
things will be added to thee"