Changing Into God’s Image

Tim Lynn /

The purpose of every Christian is very simple — glorify God (1 Corinthians 10:31). It’s not that simple to do, though. As you seek to glorify God you will face battles from the world, the flesh, and the devil (1 John 2:15-16; 2 Corinthians 4:4). These are your enemies that you battle every day.

But your life should not be focused on these battles and the personal struggles that they present. You should be completely focused on God. The goal of your life should be Jesus, as you aim to be like Him in every area.

1 Corinthians 2:14- “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” Since the natural man does not want to seek God, he must be changed into God’s image. This is not a one-time action. It is not a magical process that overtakes your life. Your sinful flesh still has ungodly desires, the world still has influence in your life, and the devil is still tempting you daily. Every part of your life must undergo a transformation. You must be constantly changing into the image of God.

You cannot change just to be different, or to please the people around you. It must be a Biblical change, which means a change that has a purpose to reflect Christ. The way you think, act, and speak must glorify God.

The most important part of this transformation is the part that people miss the most. Your heart must be changed first. Too often, people change their outward appearance and actions but their heart is just as wicked as before. The heart must be bent towards God and then He will change our desires. The reason you change should not be to receive praises or blessings or to stay out of trouble. The reason must be to please God and live for Him.

Once your heart and life have been directed to God and you are thriving in your relationship with Him, you can then help point others in the right way. Serving others will come naturally to someone who is being changed into God’s image. A truly godly person will desire to teach and guide others into God’s truth. Use your changed heart and life to make an impact on the people around you.