Speaking to the Soul – February 2

More like him

And the Lord—who is the Spirit— makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image. 2 Corinthians 3:18

Nothing stands still for long. If you need proof of that, take a look at a photo of yourself from ten years ago. We are constantly changing, whether we like it or not! Here, Paul speaks about the way in which we change as Christians. As followers of Jesus, if our lives look exactly the same as they did in the past, something has gone desperately wrong.

Being a Christian is very different from belonging to a club, where you can normally tailor your involvement to suit yourself. Many people belong to gyms but never attend. By way of contrast, Christianity is a relationship within which God’s desire is that we change. Paul talks about the importance of growing in faith and becoming more mature many time. Here, in 2 Corinthians, he speaks of us changing so that we look more and more like Jesus.

We may have a long way to go, but the Holy Spirit, day by day, is working the miracle of changing us into Christ’s likeness. Often, the best way of seeing this process at work is by looking at others. As you see their gentleness, kindness, compassion, joy and peace, give thanks to God for the way in which he is developing these beautiful qualities in them. And, as you give more of yourself to the Lord, these amazing fruits of the Spirit will grow steadily in your own life.

In what ways have you grown as a Christian over the past year, and what growth are you seeking in the coming year?

Heavenly Father, thank you that you love me so much that you want me to change. Help me to welcome your Holy Spirit more fully into my life so that, day by day, I become more like Jesus. Amen