And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him. 2 Corinthians 3:18 (TM)
Taylor wrote me the other day that a friend had commented on her blog, and this friend told her that she writes like me (fortunately, she took it as a compliment). As Taylor grows and matures, I do see certain things about her that are like me. I, likewise, see things in Madison that remind me of myself. I also see things in myself that are much like my father. I catch myself standing a certain way and think, "This is just how Dad stands!"
While my father’s genetic code was inside of me when I was born, it has taken years for me to become like my Father. Some mannerisms and actions only showed themselves as I’ve grown and matured into adulthood. The same is true with the relationship we have with our Heavenly Father. When Jesus enters my heart, His spiritual DNA becomes, forever, a part of me. Becoming like Him, however, only happens as I "gradually grow brighter and more beautiful."
I’ve witnessed some followers of Jesus who become discouraged and beat themselves up when they fall short of Godly perfection. But, Christ-like-ness is not an event – it’s a process.
God’s not through with you yet.