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Message from the Monthly Flyer from May 2012

Pursuing to become Christlike

Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

Rom 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

In many respects, our society is governed by the pursuit of fulfillment. The American dream urges people to pursue fulfillment through any legal means. The dream and pursuit is not only limited to the Americans, but all over the world people are chasing this sense of fulfillment. Some people search for it in finding true love. Some try to attain it through a successful career. Some people even search for it by fulfilling their every desire. We are a blessed people to know where to find true self-fulfillment: Jesus Christ.

However, I become convicted when I compare my pursuit of Christ to the secular realm's pursuit of fulfillment. I wonder if I can honestly say, like Paul, that I long to become so much like Christ that I can relate to His sufferings. I wonder if I truly do passionately seek (press) toward becoming like Christ. Although our lives are hectic, I hope we never become too busy to pursue Christ with the fervor we apply to other goals. Many times we fall short, but thanks to the grace of God we are able to look forward instead of regretting what is behind. cc

Additional verses to study: Philippians 3:6-11; Psalm 25:4-5; 1 John 2:6; Mark 8:36

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