So what did the apostle Paul mean “become like Christ” when he wrote this letter (Galatians) to the churches he founded in southern Galatia while on his first missionary journey?
Another translation says, “May Christ be formed in you”… what does it mean to be “Christ like” or rather how can I be “Christ like”?
First, to be Christ like simple means our lives should be a reflection of Christ’s life, and we get a pretty clear picture of His life in the Gospels. The bible says in Acts 10:38 “…God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.” There is where we start; wherever you go, whoever you meet – be good, and do good.
Secondly, “how can Christ’s life be formed in us?” This is accomplished by studying Christ’s life. It would be hard to have something formed in us, if we didn’t get familiar with it.
Let’s be honest here… we have all come across people who have been “in Church” or a “Christian” for many years… yet they are very UN-like Christ. How is that?
That’s a heck of a question that baffles me honestly! Because when you ask these people if they should be nice to people, they would say “yes”, yet they aren’t nice to people. I am even shaking my head now as I reflect on this mystery.
I will give this more thought and blog on it the next few times to help us all truly allow Christ’s life to be formed in us.
To be continued…