Every real father desires to reproduce himself in his son. Our Heavenly Father’s dream is to reproduce Himself in us. You understand that the New Creation has received the nature and life of the Father.
We invite the Holy Spirit, who has imparted to us this Nature from the Father, to come into our body and make His home in us, then as we begin to feed on the Word, practice the Word, live the Word, He builds that Word into us.
The very genius of Christianity is the ability of God to build Himself into us through the Word, so that in our daily walk we live like the Master.
Ephesians 5:1-2 “ Be ye therefore imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, even as Christ also loved you, and gave himself up for us .” As children of Love, we are to walk in Love as Christ walked in Love toward the world. The Father so loved the world that He gave His Son. Jesus so loved the world that He gave Himself. Now I so love the world that I give myself. I don’t allow my heart to grow bitter toward it, no matter what the criticism or the persecution may be.
Whenever I am inclined to say, well, I am wasting my time on them, I remember Paul and Silas at Philippi: They had been arrested. They had been whipped until their backs were a mass of bleeding flesh, then put into a dungeon with their hands and feet in stocks. In the midst of that agony, that physical distress, they prayed and sang praises. They so stirred Heaven that the Father had to open the jail; and when the earthquake had so frightened the jailer that he cried out in agony of fear, Paul preached to him with that bleeding back, and the jailer found Jesus. Then he washed the backs of both Paul and Silas, and a Church was formed in the home of the jailer. If Paul had any other spirit he could never have done it, but he was like his Master. He gave himself up to the Lordship of Love.
The Father wants to reproduce Himself in us. Galatians 4:19 “My little children, of whom I am again in travail until Christ be formed in you.” The process of building Christ into one may be very slow, but it makes Jesus men and women out of us.
We are created in Christ Jesus. We are His Creation; and until Christ is formed in us, the world cannot see anything but religion in us. Philippians 2:13 “For it is God who worketh in you both to will and to work, for his good pleasure.” The Father is actually building His Love, His Life, His Righteousness, His strength, and His Wisdom into our spirits.