Friday, February 3, 2023

Daily Devotion: Like Him

Bible Reading:  Romans 8:26-39 

Key Verse: Verse 29 – “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.”

Key Words: to be conformed to the image of his Son

Attitude determines outcome.  Our spirit most often refers to our heart attitude.

Several centuries ago, the emperor of Japan commissioned a Japanese artist to paint a picture of a bird.  Months passed, then years. Finally, the emperor went to the artist’s studio to ask for an explanation.  The artist set his blank canvas on the easel and, in fifteen minutes, completed the painting of a bird that became a masterpiece.  The emperor asked why there had been such a long delay.  The artist then went from cabinet to cabinet.  He produced armloads of drawings of feathers, tendons, wings, feet, claws, eyes, and beaks of birds.  These he placed one by one before the emperor.

The principle is that it takes time to build a masterpiece.

The Holy Spirit operates in the life of the believer so that we may be conformed to the image of God’s Son.  This is not done in a moment of time.  The whole process is detailed and painstaking.  We are told in Galatians 4:19, “My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you.”  Then, the day shall come when the Emperor of All Emperors will come for us and the completed work will come forth in a moment.  “…it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”  I John 3:2

To God be the glory!!

What to do:
✞ Be patient, God is not through with you yet.
✞ Be useful in God’s service where you are, and with the talents God has given you.

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