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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Comparisons

When you have an identical twin, you just get used to people staring at you and comparing you to your twin; it's happened all our lives. When we were growing up people would line us up, shoulder to shoulder to see how we were alike and how we were different. They were trying to find a way to tell us apart, and hence, the comparisons. Many times I've been mistaken for Dianne because people couldn't tell the difference.

Last night at church we got together with a young set of twins and had this picture made. It was funny to see the people that were watching as the pictures were snapped; they were comparing one to the other. I could almost hear their thoughts, "One has her hair longer, one has a freckle under her eye, one is a little taller, her eyes are wider..."

II Corinthians 3:18 says, But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. Each day when you and I open God's Word a comparison is done: how much do I look like my Savior? We read in the Word about Christ's servant spirit and the Holy Spirit says, "You don't look like that." We learn of His willingness to forgive and we see that we don't look as much like Him as we thought we did. When we line ourselves up to Christ's example we know that we need to be more like Him each day. People should see Christ in our lives, and His Word is the measuring tool. It's a blessing to see some areas where we are becoming like Him, and also a blessing to learn where we are different so we can ask the Spirit to change us into Christ's likeness.

So, how do you compare to Christ today? Are you looking more like Him today than you did a week ago, a month ago, a year ago? We'll never be sinless until we reach heaven, but could people look at you and see the image of Christ? It is my prayer and my highest goal.

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