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The Measure of Life – Conformity to Jesus

 

 

God chose us to bear the family likeness of His Son. 
Romans 8:29

Attached to Jesus, you are a unique masterpiece.” (Ephesians 2:10) As such.“God chose us to bear the family likeness of His Son…” (Romans 8:29) So, the genuine YOU is Jesus-like!

 I have bad news! Because we crave acceptance, we permit parents, peers, pressures and the public to define us. Consequently, Father’s original design is hidden beneath layers (like an onion) of false fabrication. In the process of conforming we lose our true identity.


Don’t panic! The Creator possesses the original blueprint of YOU: “Define yourself radically as one beloved by God. This is the true self. Every other identity is illusion” (Brennan Manning). This is the first step of self-discovery. 

Second, become acquainted with THE Measure. “Grow in … understanding your Master and Savior, Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 3:1) The authentic YOU is Jesus-like! He’s the measure of your growth in becoming Jesus-like!

It is when I turn to Christ, when I give myself up to His Personality, that I first begin to have a real personality of my own”. (Mere Christianity, p 58.) As you employ meditation and prayer The Mentor is on 24/7 duty to guide you in discovering the Jesus-like YOU!)

Finally, slowly begin to examine yourself. “God is patient. He wants you to have an opportunity to change the way you think and act.” (2 Peter 3:9)  What thoughts, actions and words are Jesus-like? Label these: “the real me”! Anything that doesn’t measure up to Jesus is a distorted fabrication. If you need help, ask Father: “Investigate my life. See for yourself whether I’ve done anything unlike Jesus. Then guide me on the road to the fulfilled life.” (Psalm 139:23-24)

 

George Washington, the first president of the United States, was serious about “measuring up”! He prayed: “Daily frame me more and more into the likeness of Thy Son Jesus Christ.” (George Washington, the Christian pp. 24-35)

 

Faith on Fridays—Faith and finale

Faith in Jesus makes up the Mechanics of Life.

When he was five years old, His father gave him a magnetic pocket compass to play with while he was sick in bed. As an old man, he wrote of this compass with its needle always, mysteriously turning to the north, ‘I can still remember … that this experience made a deep and lasting impression on me. Something deeply hidden had to be behind things’ (Craig Stroupe). Albert Einstein was a man of small stature but of great intuition. He sawsomething deeply hidden … behind things.” In 1905 he published what he saw: E=mc2. On paper he said the visible (Mass), is actually invisible (Energy). Furthermore, he promoted the idea that a little Mass is able to produce a lot of energy.

By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God; everything we now see was fashioned from that which is invisible” (Hebrews 11:3). The Manual says the visible and invisible are related. Einstein was the first human to correctly see this deeply hidden truth behind things! However, forty year later in Japan, this truth was verified before the whole world. Fifty-five pounds of uranium was converted to 15,000 tons of explosive force, annihilating Hiroshima by force and fire. Albert saw correctly!

But wait! There’s more—“It remains that the day of the Lord will come suddenly and unexpectedly …. In that day the heavens will disappear in a terrific blast, the very elements will disintegrate in heat and the earth and all that is in it will be burnt up to nothing.” How will it happen, exactly? When will it happen? Such questions are beyond my paygrade! However, no matter what my faith is hope-filled! “This day will mean that the heavens will disappear in fire and the elements will disintegrate, but our hopes are set not on these but on the new Heaven and the new Earth which Father has promised us.

So, when the curtain of history is called, will you seesomething deeply hidden … behind things?”