A couple of key passages will move us from a place of general knowledge and practical understanding to the desired place of personal application.
The first passage is in Romans 8:28-29, teaching us that God is working to accomplish His singular goal in the lives of His blood-bought children, that of conformity to Christ. The second passage is in 1 Corinthians 11:31, exhorting us to submit ourselves to a regular and careful self-examination. How would one measure himself to the stature of Christlikeness?
If we would define, in each text, how Christ taught us to think, the attitudes to hold, the internal mindset to have, we would have a biblical basis for our external testimony. Further, in defining His steps of action, we might model them; His words for our learning the how, why, and when to utilize the gift of communication. Lots to think about? Well, "Yes" and "No."
Yes, because, in large measure, we tend to generalize those necessary life characteristics, and have failed to actually learn how to bring them into specific focus.
No, because, if we learn and teach others HOW-TO-APPLY by examining ourselves in comparison to Christ in the ultra-simple manner of ABC's.
A. What attitude accurately demonstrates Christ? How would that flesh
B. What behavior accurately demonstrates Christ? How would that flesh out?
C. What communication accurately demonstrates Christ? How would that
May God be glorified as Christ is seen in you today and every day as you study each passage, looking for the ABC's of Christlikeness that you will use personally in specific ways.
(c) 2003 N. A. Collins
Excerpts from TO GLORIFY GOD by Dr. Nell Collins
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