Who are You Like?
I really like Blake Lively. I’m a girl, okay. Some guys may like her husband, Ryan Reynolds… or maybe you guys like Blake Lively too.
Anyhow, the more I follow Blake Lively on social media, the more and more I find myself becoming more like her. “Oh did you see what Blake Lively was wearing last week? I NEED that denim jacket.” Or…. “Blake Lively started a new website—I need to do that as well!” Or, “Did you HEAR how Blake Lively gave thousands and thousands to charity? I need to prioritize that!” … And on and on it goes.
In today’s social media age of likes and followers—I’m sure you can think of someone that you “follow,” and if you’re honest, you’re becoming more and more like them.
I read this today:
“You always become like what you worship.”
I think as Christians we all hope to be more and more like Jesus.
And that happens out of a place of worship. When Jesus is the One we are worshipping—we become like Him. When Jesus is the One we are looking to, fellowshipping with, focusing on, day after day—we will become like Him.
The definition of worship is to show reverence, adoration and honor.
If we are living out of reverence, adoration and honor of Jesus, we will be living in such a way that reflects who He is. This isn’t to say we’ll be perfect—but we will be more and more like Him.
Romans 12:1-2 says this:
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Eugene Peterson puts it like this:
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
Today, let’s fix our eyes, hearts, and worship, on Christ and Christ alone. Reflect on who He is, and what He has done for you—meditate on that, and see how the Holy Spirit transforms you day by day, more into the likeness of Christ.
Today—reflect Jesus to the world around you.
– Ashley Bonnell
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