We become what we admire

It’s an interesting thought I came across reading the Pleasures of God.

Is it not true that we try to become like our gods? Whatever quality we admire of them, we try to imitate.

If we admire power, we become people who pursue power. If we admire wealth, we become people who pursue wealth. If we admire knowledge, we become people who pursue knowledge. If we admire a certain image, we will pursue that image.

It is a curious bit of our humanity that we always express admiration in one form or another. The common word used is to idolise. We idolise all sort of things. We idolise a certain lifestyle. We idolise a certain reputation.

And the word idolise is fitting, because an idol is that which takes the place of God.

How is it we admire idols, but we don’t admire God?

The Bible is clear about this. We are ungodly people who have exchanged God’s glory for man-made images. Our minds are depraved and we have no perception or knowledge of the beauty of the glory of God.

But God places in his redeemed a new spirit and a new heart, one that admires the excellencies of God’s glory in the face of Christ. And this is truly a gift. This is the very gift of eternal life, that we know God, and His Son Jesus, whom He sent.

As Christians, when we talk about becoming like Jesus, and being conformed to His likeness, it will never become a reality unless we first admire Him in all His excellence and beauty. If we do not admire Him, we will find it impossible to become like Him. It is only when we take the time to sit down with the Bible, and see Jesus within, and not just a set of rules and rituals, that we are truly changed into his likeness. For we can’t help but seek to become what we have seen and delighted in!

And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. – 2 Corinthians 3:18


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