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Christlike

22 January 2018
‘He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own.’

The Bible says our heavenly bodies will be just like the one Jesus had after His resurrection. He must have resembled Himself, because the disciples could recognise Him. He ate and drank with them. He could be touched. He could miraculously pass through walls. He could appear in various places to different people without travelling by any of the ways we do. His transformed body no longer aged, and it didn’t suffer sickness and death. And your new heavenly body will be like His. ‘Our citizenship is in heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly awaiting him to return as our Saviour. He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control’ (Philippians 3:20-21 NLT). As we go through our lives on earth, we might face health problems as our mortal bodies wear out. We might receive injuries that means our bodies don’t work as well as they should. If we’re honest, getting older is something we might find difficult to face. But whatever goes wrong with our earthly bodies, we can be confident that God will give us a new, perfect body when we get to heaven. And it’s not only our bodies that’ll be transformed. ‘We all show the Lord’s glory, and we are being changed to be like him. This change in us brings ever greater glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit’ (2 Corinthians 3:18 NCV). God’s constantly working in us to help us develop a Christlike character. It’s something we should all be aiming towards now, and a process that’ll finally be complete once we reach heaven.

What now?

Ask God to show you a change you could make today to become more Christlike in your character.

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