It only took God 7 days to create this world. It’s taken Him 38 years to mold my heart into something He can use… and it’s still not finished. It must be awfully hard for God to get any work done with me always getting in His way. Good thing God is patient.
Becoming Christlike is a lifetime pursuit. It never ends. It is constant. There is never a sense of “arriving” as a Christian. I’ve heard it said that you are either just getting out of a valley, in a valley, or heading for a valley. Mountaintops and plains are temporary reprieves for the inevitable challenge to come. And that’s a good thing! It means you are alive. It means God wants you to grow. Many look at the mountain and never climb it at all.
Becoming Christlike is a lifetime quest. We run the race and sometimes we stumble. (1 Cor. 9:24-27) Sometimes it feels like we aren’t even running anymore. Are you walking or running? Are you standing still? Sometimes we lose our bearings and leave the course altogether. We look at the guy behind us and say, “Well, look how much better I’m doing than that guy! I’m way ahead of him!” When the race isn’t against the other runners. If we are to compare ourselves with anyone, it should be with our goal: Jesus. Compare yourself with Him, then see how you measure up.
Becoming Christlike is a lifetime battle. The world would say Christians are self-righteous know-it-alls who think they are perfect. Let me make this plain. Christians are not self-righteous, we are righteous in Christ alone (Romans 3:24). We don’t know it all. There are many things that we do not understand, but we have faith! (John 20:29) We do not think we are perfect. In fact, the closer we get to Jesus, the more apparent it is how completely imperfect we are (Romans 3:10).
Becoming Christlike is a lifetime journey. It is not easy! However, it’s worth all the hardship, sacrifice, and suffering. It’s far exceeds the ridicule, smirks, and jokes. You will still get flat tires. You will still get sick. But you will never be alone. Jesus will never let you go through the hardship, sacrifice, suffering, ridicule, smirks, jokes… or flat tires alone (Deut. 31:6). That’s a promise from God (Isa. 55:11). HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD!
It only took God 7 days to create the universe, but He never stops working in you. It may take a lifetime, but it will be the time of your life.
May God’s Love be with you