The life of the believer is a journey to be more Christ-like, but also a journey be more “you-like”. Growth comes from being connected to Christ.
Growing into Christ means growing into you. Yes, Christ is the example but God did not create you to fit into the mold of Jesus. He created you to be a true expression of Himself in your skin. You are great “God-thought”.
“In every situation I am strong in the one who empowers me from within to be who I am!”
Philippians 4:13 Mirror
Not only does he love you, he empowers you to be who you are! It’s His life within you that allows you to be the true you.
“This is how we fit into God’s picture: Christ is the measure of our portion, we are in him, invented and defined in him. God’s blueprint intention is on exhibition in us. Everything he accomplishes is inspired by the energy and intent of his affection.”
Ephesians 1:11 Mirror
Never forget that He knows you. Intimately. Like a watchmaker knows the cogs and springs in a timepiece. He is aware of where you are on your journey. He’s not scared of the mistakes you’ve made already and will make in the future. He’s not far away from you watching objectively. He’s near. He’s close.
You see all things;
You saw me growing, changing in my mother’s womb;
Every detail of my life was already written in Your book;
You established the length of my life before I ever tasted the sweetness of it.
Your thoughts and plans are treasures to me, O God! I cherish each and every one of them!
How grand in scope! How many in number!
If I could count each one of them, they would be more than all the grains of sand on earth. Their number is inconceivable!
Even when I wake up, I am still near to You.
Psalm 139:16-18 VOICE