Key Words: to be conformed to the image of his Son
I read about a sculptor who fashioned a lion out of solid stone. When asked how he had accomplished such a feat, he replied, “It was easy. All I did was chip away everything that doesn’t look like a lion.”
Today, God wants to chip away everything in your life that doesn’t look like Christ.
The story is told of a heavyset woman who went to an exercise and diet clinic. The first thing the supervisor did was draw a silhouette on a mirror in the shape she wished to become. As she stood before the mirror, she bulged out over the silhouette. The instructor told her, “Our goal is for you to fit this shape.”
For many weeks the woman dieted and exercised. Each week she would stand in front of the mirror, but her volume, while decreasing, still overflowed. And so she exercised harder and dieted more rigidly. Finally, one day to everyone’s delight, as she stood in front of the mirror she was conformed to the image of the silhouette.
It takes time and work to be conformed to the image of God’s Son. The discipline of sorrow and suffering, the exercise of pain and trials conform us to His image.
Being conformed to Christ’s image may not be easy but it sure is worthwhile.
✞ Allow, with an humble spirit, God to chip away from your life things that keep you from being Christlike.
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