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Christ is Enough…to Make us to Become Like Him – Blog & Podcast

October 19, 2018

When I was a child, I was drawn to sports and the athletes who played them. Baseball was my first love, but I also developed a love for football and basketball as well. I collected trading cards from all three sports and I would study the statistics on the back. I would watch games and I had my favorite teams. In professional sports, I was a big fan of all of the Houston teams, because that’s where we lived: the Astros, Oilers (at that time) and the Rockets.

I would picture myself with the batting stance of Bob Watson, the downfield passing arm of Dan Pastorini or the jump shot of Rudy Tomjanovich. As much I imitated their mannerisms or sought to reflect their identity, that alone did not make me a successful athlete.

As I’ve grown older, I’ve learned that it’s more important to be transformed by the power of Christ than any external skill or ability. When Paul spoke to the Galatians, he was concerned that they were imitating other believers on the outside, but on the inside they were not truly being followers of Christ. Outward behavior does not transform the heart of man. The heart of man affects outward behavior.

Paul said it this way…Galatians 4:12a,12 I beg you, brothers and sisters: Become like me, for I also became like you.

Paul says, “Become like me, for I also become like you.” Is he saying become my disciple? No, not at all. Paul is saying follow his example of following the freedom in Christ rather than trying to be justified by the law. You see, the Galatian believers had come to Christ but then had given in to the pressure by the Judaizers to go back to trying to prove themselves faithful by obeying the law and performing all of the rituals that go with it. Paul was concerned that they were missing the joy of the freedom of walking in Christ.

He goes on to say this…Galatians 4:19, 19 My children, I am again suffering labor pains for you until Christ is formed in you.

Paul has such compassion for them, such a desire that they once again find the freedom in Christ, that he describes it as “labor pains”, such as a mother feels in childbirth, anxiously awaiting the birth of a child. He is anxiously awaiting, praying, and hoping for them to find that freedom once again.

Obeying the works of the law are not necessarily an indicator of our relationship with Christ. We can be religious without having a relationship. However, as we are pursuing Christ, we can see some evidences in our lives that begin to bear some fruit. Are you seeing these evidences in your life?

  1. Freedom in Christ– Are you living in the freedom of a walking, talking, living, breathing relationship with Christ, or are you trying to prove yourself faithful with a series of works?
  2. Obedience Despite Circumstances– Are you discouraged from serving the Lord because it gets tough sometimes? God uses those tough times to shape and mold us for His glory.
  3. Compassionate Service– Do you lack compassion for people? Are you simply content with your circle of folks? Jesus reached outside of His circle frequently. He was blessed because of it and blessed many others.
  4. Growth in Truth– Are you purposefully growing in the Word of God? Are you walking daily in it?
  5. Intentional Witness– When is the last time you made it a point, or even followed an open door, to share Christ?
  6. Personal Investment– Do you have a person or persons that you are personally investing relationship in with Kingdom purpose?

Are there one or more of these areas where you feel you need to grow? Christ is enough to make you become more like Him. You don’t have to do it alone. For that matter, you can’t. Trust Christ, follow Christ, fall in love with Christ, and love His people. Everything else will come as a result of those things.

Tony Watson
Senior Pastor
First Baptist Church
Palestine, TX

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