Romans 8:29 (KJV)  For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Because Benson wanted to be a responsible Christian, he sought to understand God’s expectations of him and fulfill them.

He was a little confused because he didn’t know how to discern God’s specific expectations of him. He went to his discipler to share his concerns. That was when through scripture, he discovered the expectation that God had for him as a believer. As he fulfilled that one, he received the ability to discern specific instructions for specific seasons of his life.

Scripture reveals that God’s goal in calling us is that we become like Christ [in character and nature]. We will even look like him physically during the resurrection (see Philippians 3:21, 1 John 3:2). It is expedient that right now we become like Him spiritually through the new birth, spiritual growth, and sanctification. Jesus says “learn of me, for I am humble and gentle in heart”. In becoming like Christ, learning is an important part of the process, and learning requires a time component. This precious time you have on earth gives you the opportunity to become like Christ in character and nature. Don’t waste it.

We were born sinful. The sinful man is proud and self-centered, he lies and is envious, and a man with such a nature cannot inherit the kingdom of God. You must become like Christ if you would inherit [thrones in] His eternal kingdom. It is your destiny to inherit God’s kingdom.

Go into today remembering that God’s ultimate expectation of you is that you become like Christ. As this change of nature happens to your inner man, you will grow in fellowship with God such that you will know and understand His specific expectations for you in every season of your life.

— Abraham Damilola Arigi

Bible In 1 Year: James 4-5
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