Pursuing God

The Goal of the Christian Life

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What’s the goal of the Christian life? Heaven? Success? Persecution? Love? Freedom? Allow me to submit to you that the goal of the Christian life is found in Romans 8:29.

Romans 8:29 (NIV) “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.”

What Does Being “Conformed” Mean?

To be “conformed” means to both “resemble” and “represent”. The goal of our lives as sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father is to look like, think like, and live like His son, Jesus, to resemble and re-present Him to the world.

Those who don’t know Christ generally measure success by position, power, and possessions. But for believers, success is ultimately measured by how we resemble and represent a person, namely, Jesus.

So a good question to ask yourself is, “Am I thinking, living and looking more like Christ today than I did a month ago, six months ago or one year ago? Is my life consistent with His?

Though I’m thankful for all that I get access too in heavenly places, that in and of itself, falls short in comparison to being molded and fashioned into His image and likeness, re-presenting Him daily to others.

Giving Purpose to Every Trial

Being conformed into His image and likeness gives purpose to every trial we face in life. Why else would James tell us to count it all joy when you encounter various trials (James 1:2). When I handle the trial in a godly way, a greater image of Christ is produced in and through me.

Closing Thought

Whatever we are currently experiencing, the trial we are encountering, the temptation that is in front of us, the promotion we just received, or the favor we are currently walking in, all of these things should move us into greater levels of resembling and representing Jesus.

When we overcome the trial and humbly manage God’s favor, continuing to draw near with thanksgiving and dependency on our Heavenly Father, we resemble and re-present Christ more and more. This is our witness to the world and the goal of the Christian life.

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Greg is the Founder and Senior Leader of Convergence House of Prayer, Husband, Father, Pastor and Writer. He is married to his wife Wendi, and have three amazing children and four grandchildren. Greg lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

8 Comments

  1. Jacob Varughese

    Awesome Pas Greg, so good to be reminded of the sincere truths. Thank you for being faithful in your service, most highly favored of the Lord. Greater will be your later glory than your former. The Lord bless you and grant all the desires of your heart from this time forth. Greater lands and territories in the promised land marked for you.
    ❤️ and 🙏

    • Greg Simas

      Hi Jacob. Thanks for the kind words, I receive them. 👍🏼

  2. Praise

    Thanks for this post and true indeed so living as a Christian it should be our lifestyle so as to represent Christ for we are Christ’s ambassadors. Amen

    • Greg Simas

      Hi, Praise. Thanks. I fully agree.

  3. Wendi

    Short and gets right to the point. I like it. I also mostly agree with it. I would add, though, that we can’t attain this goal on earth and we’d be well-served to know that when we miss the mark (because, “The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”) we shouldn’t lose hope as He will sustain us and fuel our desire to keep on keepin’ on.

    • Greg Simas

      Hi, Wendi. Thanks for sharing. I completely agree with you. Our privilege and joy is to conform to His image and likeness. I believe we can certainly do this full of both faith and hope Thanks for pointing this out. 👍🏼

  4. Mary

    I do try to be like Jesus. I have to ask Him to help me.
    What do you do about a person who is an atheist but he is nice,
    and believes only in good luck and bad luck.
    We had a few discussions but he made fun of me and God. Sad!
    I just pray that he will have an encounter with Jesus.
    Love, Mary

    • Greg Simas

      Hi, Mary. I’d say continue to show the love of Jesus to him. Be light, share His love. And yes, pray for him that He would have an encounter with the Lord. Blessings.

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