One morning I was praying for my children and grandchildren and part of that prayer was that they would be “conformed” to His image. Then I got to thinking … do I really wish for them to be “conformed”. That could hurt!
Conform: to act in accordance or harmony; comply; to be or become similar in form, nature, or character.
Have you ever seen a square egg? When my brother and I were young he went to a magic store and purchased a small box that you could use to put in a peeled hot hard boiled egg. Then you clamp the lid on and wait for the egg to cool. When the egg cooled and you took it out of the box … walola … you had a square egg! Why? Because as the egg cooled it took on the form of the container in which it resided.
The same should be true of you and me … we are “in” Christ if we have accepted Him as our Savior. We are like that egg … as we are “in Christ” we should be taking on His form as we continue in Him. We should be “becoming similar in nature and character.” I don’t like to think we “cool off” and take on His image because we need to continue to be “hot” in our pursuit to take on His likeness!
It is not fun to be conformed. It often means to be in the fire, to go through trials, to be in the pressure cooker of life. But how do we handle the hard times?
Praise. Worship. Prayer. The Word … conforming our life to His. Dying daily. Crucifying the flesh. Living in the Spirit.
Romans 8:29, “… to be conformed to the image of His son …”
Philippians 3:21, “Who (the Lord Jesus Christ – parenthesis mine) will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body”.