…who being the brightness of HIS glory and the express image of HIS person. Hebrews 1:3a (NKJV)
Come let us make man in our own image and likeness. Genesis 1:26
God the Father had His Son in mind when He made man. So in the image of God’s Son were we made. Our journey therefore as Christians (believers), is a journey of being remodeled into the original design – Jesus the Christ.
One of the reasons why God created the institution of marriage is for us humans to have a living example of His faithfulness and unconditional, continued love for His people and to show graphically the relationship between Christ and His Church, in Christ’s willingness to lay down His life for her and to love her even when she was unlovable. For while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Marriage is a sacred union created to display the unbreakable firmness of God’s covenant love for His people.
One thing I’ve come to learn from my journey with the Lord with regards to my marriage, is that having accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior, God has commenced my remolding process into the image of Jesus, and as such I will most likely experience what Jesus experienced and by His grace will be victorious like Jesus. It’s like building an instrument based on a model. At every stage, it is tested to see if it is performing like the original design, so if it needs to be tested in fire (because the original can withstand heat), then in the fire it must go. If in the water, then that’s where it’s heading. Just so that the builder or remodeler gets it to perform like the original.
I believe and like the Bible admonishes, we should count it all joy, when we fall into diverse temptations. (James 1:2-4 [KJV]). This is because it will bring out in us, attributes and characteristics found in the original design. It is also heartwarming and consoling that the remodeler, God, will not allow us to be in the fire or water longer than we need to be or can bear. (1 Corinthians 10:13) He will also be with us while there. (Isaiah 43:2)
I’ve learned that now while I am waiting for the return of my beloved wife, God is busy remolding me to look and be like His Son, Jesus. Yes, I wrote to look like His Son, Jesus, because people will see Jesus in me and when He’s done, they won’t be able to tell us apart, for I shall be like Him when He returns (1 John 3:2). So like Jesus, the original design, I must love my bride like He loves His, according to 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 and Ephesians 5:25. I choose to stay focused on the Lord and His work and walk in progress in and through me.
So dear brothers, stand strong knowing that this, our trial (light affliction), will yield an endless bounty of rewards for us (2 Corinthians 4:17). We’re on God’s table and He’s busy working on us and will soon be done. We will overcome if we persevere. No matter what circumstances we face, let us hold fast to the promises of God and know that our reaction to such circumstances should be like Jesus’ reaction and by so doing, we will pass the QC test and be put on the shelf for display to the glory of God the Father.
Enjoy grace till He comes.
Standing till my beloved returns,
Gideon in Nigeria
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