What Is Christlikeness?
Adventure 10: God's Purpose for His Children
Day by day, as you change to resemble Christ Jesus more and more, what will God and others begin to see in your life?
Day by day, as I change to resemble Christ Jesus, God and others will begin to see more holiness, more love toward them, and more good works in my life. Ephesians 2:10 – For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
This Truth Makes
Sanctification involves the past, present, and future. If you are a Christian, all three of the following statements are correct for you to say:
• “I have been sanctified.” (Hebrews 10:10)
• “I am being sanctified.” (Hebrews 12:14)
• “I will be completely sanctified someday.” (Romans 8:23)
Sanctification begins the moment someone is born again and receives Christ. But sanctification continues, and the fruit of the Spirit and increases throughout life. Spiritual growth is a process that takes place over time. The process is completed only when Christ’s people see Him and are glorified. At that moment of glorification, sanctification will be finished because “we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:2).
Part of sanctification is God working in a believer an increasing desire to become more like Christ. A sinner who does not know Christ has no true desire to become more like Him. That person was dead in sins and living life for himself. But at salvation,
God begins changing him (and He can change us!) to want to be like Christ. Becoming like Christ requires mainly these three things:
• To be holy in heart and mind (See Mission #5.)
• To be loving toward God and others (See Mission #6.)
• To do good works (See Mission #7.)