Created in God’s Image

October 2017: A Word From Dr. Stanley

As believers, we should each want to know the Lord’s specific purpose for our life. Perhaps you’ve taken a personality or spiritual gifts test in an effort to figure out what God wants you to do. But let me encourage you to look even further—beyond this short earthly lifetime—to consider His grand purpose for everyone who trusts Jesus for salvation.

Romans 8:28-29 says that all who are called according to God’s purpose are predestined “to become conformed to the image of His Son.” So He is now transforming our character and morality into Christ’s likeness. But we still await the time when the process is completed and we’re changed physically as well—from “our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory” (Phil. 3:21).

When Christ comes to resurrect His church, we’ll be given new bodies perfectly suited for life in heaven.

We currently live in frail, degenerating bodies and are burdened by sinful desires, self-focus, physical defects, aging, and eventual death. But when Christ comes to resurrect His church, we’ll be given new bodies perfectly suited for life in heaven (1 Corinthians 15:35-58). At last, you and I will be free from the presence of sin and all its consequences. Imagine never again facing fatigue, sickness, or death!

In the meantime, we must not lose heart. Fulfillment is found in an ever-deepening relationship with the Lord—which includes serving Him in the ways for which He has designed and gifted you (Eph. 2:10). My hope is that this month’s devotional will encourage you on that path.

 
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28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;

21 who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.

35 But someone will say, How are the dead raised? And with what kind of body do they come?"

36 You fool! That which you sow does not come to life unless it dies;

37 and that which you sow, you do not sow the body which is to be, but a bare grain, perhaps of wheat or of something else.

38 But God gives it a body just as He wished, and to each of the seeds a body of its own.

10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

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