Are you developing? Are you more like Jesus today than you were last month or last year? Or are you just an older version of what you have always been? How would you answer these questions?
As I see it, the bible is clear that the Father is looking for full grown sons. (Ephesians 4:13; Romans 8:29; Colossians 1:28; Hebrews 2:10 etc.)
Our model, our pattern and empowerment, is found particularly in the gospels, but also throughout the scriptures.
Let me quickly run through a few verses. Please examine these prayerfully on your own.
He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. 1 John 2:23
How did He walk after the Holy Spirit came upon Him? (Matthew 3:16)
In Acts 10:38 we see a concise summary of how He walked: “…God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil for God was with Him.”
That verse contains the answer.
He also proclaimed His mission “to preach the gospel to the poor; heal the broken hearted, proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord (or the year of the Lord’s favor) Luke 4:18-19
This is the commission, the mandate, the assignment day in day out – 24/7.
How do we get there?
We do whatever it takes to shift our mind from things of this world to things eternal. Jesus’ disciples asked Him once “What shall we do, that we may do the works of God?” Jesus answered them…. “This is the work of God, that you BELIEVE IN HIM whom He sent.” John 6:28-29
Our mind has to be renewed to think His thoughts, have His purposes always central and let go of things that hinder.
Think about it.