“So Pharaoh asked them, ‘Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God?” Genesis 41:38
It is not what you do in life, but rather, who you are that matters. We have all heard this throughout our lives. While in our hearts we know this to be true, we also know that what we do matters too.
We are each made in the image and likeness of God our Creator. Throughout our life we grow. We grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. With possible exceptions for our weight, and education, we have little or no control over our physical and mental growth. We grow from a child into an adult; it occurs naturally and without effort on our part.
Spiritual growth, however, does not occur naturally. While within most of us there is a yearning or longing for something greater than ourselves, we must actually search it out in order to grow. The ultimate goal of spiritual growth is to grow in God’s image and likeness. It is to become our best possible self, and in doing so, achieve salvation with Life Eternal.
Lent is a perfect time to nurture our spirit within in order to grow in His image and likeness. To do so, one only has to study His words. Take time daily to study His words in the Bible, taking them to heart, letting them transform you, and then living according to their message.
I particularly love this paragraph in God Calling, a Devotional Diary, by A.J. Russell. “Changed by My Spirit, shedding one garment of Spirit for a better. In time throwing that aside for a yet finer one, and so on from character to character, gradually transformed into My likeness.”
What we do does matter. Let His Spirit enter you and be transformed.