< What I Learned Teaching Sunday School: Reflecting the Character of Christ

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Reflecting the Character of Christ

I just finished teaching a long lesson on Heaven in Sunday School. One of the books I used as reference was Anne Graham Lotz’ book ‘Heaven, My Father’s House.’

She was talking about how in Heaven we will finally be like Jesus. That even with our own unique personalities and characteristics we will reflect the character of Christ.

And she said, “that character starts to get developed here on earth every time we:

Obey Him in the midst of suffering
Trust Him with unanswered prayer
Love Him without seeing Him
Believe in Him even though all evidence seems contrary to His Word
Focus on Him in the darkness of depression and discouragement
And hope in Him to bring us through.

When we choose to be patient instead of frustrated
To love instead of hate
To hold our tongues instead of lash out
To gently instruct instead of harshly correct
To be gracious instead of rude
Kind instead of mean
Unselfish instead of selfish
Tell the truth instead of the easier lie.

And when we:
Submit to the pain
Accept the pressure
Bear the burden
Deny ourselves daily and take up the cross of His will for our lives
When we follow Him not the crowd
And choose to live by His Word, not others’ opinions.

All of this forms Christ’s character in us and that’s how God uses everything for the ultimate good. None of our trials or sufferings are wasted.

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