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Ron Writes


God wants us to be absorbed with Christ. He wants Christ to be formed within us (Gal. 4:19). He wants Christians to “be conformed to the image of his Son” (Rom. 8:29). “Christ…is our life” (Col. 3:4). God wants Christians to be filled with Christ. Controlled by Christ. “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts” (Col. 3:15). “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you” (Col. 3:16). “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Col. 3:17).

Christians have a new power, a new purpose, a new motivation for living. Behavior is motivated by what “is fitting the Lord” (Col. 3:18). And by what “is well-pleasing to the Lord” (Col. 3:20). “It’s the Lord Christ whom you serve” (Col. 3:24).

We are to change the way we see ourselves. This is the “new self” (Col. 3:10). We are to see ourselves as Christ. We are to be clothed in Christ (Gal. 3:27; Rom. 13:14). We are to love like Christ. Live like Christ. Act like Christ. Talk like Christ. We are to forgive “just as the Lord forgave you” (Col. 3:13). We are to totally emulate Christ in our lives.

Not only are we to see ourselves as Christ, but we are to see other Christians as Christ. “Christ is all and in all” (Gal. 3:11). We treat Christ like no other. If I treat others as Christ, imagine how they’ll be treated. Imagine the love. Folks would look at the church and say “my, how they love one other.” This is not some unattainable goal, this is the will of God. Jesus said, “By this all men will know you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (Jn. 13:35).

Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me!