To become like God is to become very more perfect.
To become ever more perfect means raising the bar up and up.
But if I love God I must become ever more like Him.
Does that mean raising the bar up and up.
It is a heavy burden for sure, and I am but a poor sinner not worthy of His love – but I will try.
To become ever more “someone else” is losing the plot.
Anyone with a longterm partner (at some point) recognises that not being the same is a strength. That partnership is called “partnership” for a very good reason. Because being the same might double the strengths – but is also doubles the weaknesses.
So just why do we so often fixate on becoming God?
”Then someone came to Jesus and said, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.” He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; Honour your father and mother; also, you shall love your neighbour as yourself.” The young man said to him, “I have kept all these; what do I still lack?” Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” When the young man heard this word, he went away grieving, for he had many possessions. Matthew 19:16-22
The words in bold today?
“If you wish to perfect … “ is a choice we each make. Jesus never demanded or requested or taught that as a requirement. Never.
So I do not want to become God. I only want to become who I was created to be. Me.
Because in His eyes (as He keeps telling me over and over again) – I am perfect already!
All I want is to become the best “me” I can. For me. For you. For Him.
And all that takes is …
(anyone hear a question?)