Created to be Like God By Scarlett Stough

From the opening pages of Genesis, God keeps telling us that he intends us to be like him. That likeness can not be carved into wood or stone or turned into a painted portrait. God’s likeness is not visible on the outer person; God’s likeness occurs within the mind and heart and will. From that inner creation, outer changes begin to show in what we say and do.

We can become discouraged when we don’t see that likeness to God progressing towards his completed likeness.

The likeness to God is a glorious likeness and we know we don’t measure up to this “true righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:24)”. We can think of times when we did not “speak truthfully” to our neighbor, spouse, friend, or co-worker. We can think of times when our anger turned into bitter resentment and grudge instead of dealing with it immediately. We can think of times when we failed to help someone with a material need. We remember those profane words that slipped out under stress. We remember when our words were hurtful instead of encouraging or slanderous instead of constructive.

We know we have caused our God, our heavenly Father, grief by our attitudes. We know we have failed to be compassionate and forgiving toward one another. But there is hope.

When we confess those sins to God, he not only forgives us, he cleans these ungodly traits away (I John 1:9.) Then we can have a fresh start to imitate God as children imitate their parents. We can begin anew to live a life of love. We can love God with all of our mind, heart and will because he loves us. Our transformation does not occur overnight; becoming like God in true righteousness and holiness is a lifetime process just like it takes babies time to mature into adults.

Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God (Ephesians 5:1-2).

God is not going to give up on us as long as we are seeking to please him. “In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:4-6.)” God intends to finish what he started. Unlike an inanimate lump of clay, each of us has a part in our becoming a new creature. Our part is to imitate God’s faithfulness and perseverance in doing his will and living that life of love.

Editor's note: This was originally published as the commentary in Volume 9 Issue 3.

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