What is the chief end of faith? For some it is to go to heaven, while for others it is discipleship and evangelism. Yet for others it is to be active in the church. Biblically, Christ’s desire for us is not just information but transformation.
Edmund Chan said, “the whole point of the salvation story has been reduced to mere transportation instead of being understood as a profound spiritual transformation.” He is simply saying that salvation is not primarily about going to heaven or transporting us somewhere, but God is more interested in transforming us into CHRISTLIKENESS.
The Christian world is experiencing a serious problem. Nowadays Christlikeness is missing in the lives of many Christians. Many like Jesus very much and share Him with their people, but they cannot get along with people because though they like Jesus they are not LIKE Jesus in their hearts, minds words, and deeds.
Warren Wiersbe wrote:
Before God changes our circumstances, He wants to change our hearts. If our circumstances change for the better, but we remain the same, then we will become worse. God’s purpose in providence is not to make us comfortable, but to make us conformable, “conformed to the image of His Son” (Romans 8:29). Christlike character is the divine goal for each of His children.
Christ came in the image of man to restore us to the image of God. What Jesus is by nature, we are to be by grace. We need to begin our reflection on the image of God in our lives.