When I Grow Up I Want To Be . . .

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”  Children are asked this question repeatedly.  It’s good for children to look into the future and dream about what they might want to become.  Adults who know them well might even make suggestions such as, “I see you really love building things, have you thought about becoming an engineer?”  

Our study of Believe has entered our third and final stage which will help us answer the question, “Who am I becoming?”  This is the culmination of everything we have been learning and putting into practice. Becoming like Jesus is in fact, the goal of Christianity!  Learning key Christian beliefs and putting into practice key spiritual exercises is of no value unless the end result of our faith is our becoming new people in Christ.

Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches.  If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).  The fruit that comes from remaining in Christ is becoming like Christ.  It is a work of his Spirit in us which we either cooperate with or frustrate.  We cooperate with the Spirit by accepting the good news of Jesus and receiving the new life made possible through his death and resurrection from the dead.  We further cooperate with the Spirit by putting into practice spiritual disciplines such as prayer, worship, Bible study, and giving.  As we continue on this journey of faith by being honest about our shortcomings, repentant when sinful, and overflowing with thanksgiving for God’s grace we can rest assured in his promises that our lives will bear fruit, “fruit that will last” (John 15:16).  

A branch on a grapevine doesn’t try to produce grapes, it just produces grapes!  The power doesn’t come from the branches but the vine.  As long as a branch stays connected to the vine, fruit will be the result. Don’t TRY to be like Jesus, rather, let Jesus live in you.  You stay connected to him and he promises your life will become like him.

For the next 10 weeks we will be studying what this fruit looks like. When you see the fruit of the Spirit developing in your life, don’t become proud as though you have accomplished something.  Instead, praise God and be thankful!  You are experiencing the gracious gift of his Spirit.  With childlike faith and sincerity may we all say, “When I grow up I want to be like Jesus.”

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Byron FikePreaching Minister

Byron has been the preaching minister at Clear Lake since 1999. He and his wife have three grown children, who have also devoted their lives to serving the Lord. In his personal time, Byron likes to read books, watch movies, and play with his little dog Willie. He also is an avid follower of Alabama football, having grown up in Tuscaloosa during the glory days of Bear Bryant.

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