We are created in God’s image (Genesis 1:26). We have body, soul and spirit. Many think that the soul and spirit are the same, and there is a biblical basis for that belief. I believe that the body and soul are two halves of the same part. I see the soul as a place-holder for the Spirit of God, a glove for the Hand. We are nothing without value, like zeroes without a number. Jesus fills that place; He is our Value, our Number. With Him in us, we can become like God–in fact, we are as much like God as we can be while on this earth in these bodies.
Actually, being like God is simple. All we have to be is good. And kind. And patient. And loving. And sacrificial. And a servant. How do we know? Because He told us in His Word:
- Goodness- Galatians 5:22-23
- Kindness- 1 Corinthians 13:4
- Patient (long-suffering)- 2 Peter 3:9
- Loving- 1 John 4:16
- Sacrificial- Hebrews 7:27, 9:26
- A Servant- Matthew 20:28
We must be filled with the fullness of Him. Read Ephesians 3:16-19.
- How are we strengthened? Where are we strengthened?
- Dwell means ________, ________, ________.
- Where will He dwell? How will He dwell?
- What is it that Christ wants us to grasp? With what does He want to fill us?
- “Filled to the measure of all the fullness of _____!
Read verses 20-21.
- How much more?
- According to whose power? Where is it at work?
- In whom does God receive glory? When?
- Do you see us in this statement?
- Do you catch the significance of “forever and ever?”
Ephesians is a great book. If you haven’t read it, then IT’S TIME! God has something to say to you that you will only hear when you read His Word for yourself and listen for His voice.
There’s one more way we are already like God. Read 1 Corinthians 2:10-12, and the last line of the chapter. “But we have the mind of Christ.” Access. We need to learn to access the mind of Christ. How do we access the mind of Christ? We ask the Spirit to show us, to reveal it to us, to teach us, and to do verse 13, “This is what we speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.” Folks, we only get that two ways. One is reading His Word and the other is in prayer. Think about it this way:
- We pray every time we read the Bible because it’s God speaking His words to us;
- As we read, He opens up our minds to His truths and spiritual realities, which causes us to pray;
- When we pray, we pray based upon what we know from God’s words expressed to us by His Spirit, which ignites a hunger in us for His Word, so we read (repeat the process).
Let’s choose to be like God today; let’s think like Him. He will trust us more and we will trust Him more.