Our Ultimate Goal

For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. (Romans 8:29)

“Karin, you really like your father!” Many people around me always said like that. Yes I have to admit it. I have many likenesses with my father. The way we talk, our mindset, the way we handle problems, and many more likenesses. Still remembered until now, when I was a kid, if anyone asked “what do you want to be when you grow up?” Confidently and firmly I replied, “I want to be like my daddy” I really idolized my father. From him I have learned so many precious things. He taught me about the meaning of life, he taught me about humanity, from him I learned about true love, How to sincerely love one another, he also taught me about how to have empathy to others, and many other important lessons to live this life.

Talk about father, as Christians, beside worldly father, we have good and loving Father in Heaven. My dear friends, I have a question. As Christians and Father’s child, what is our goal?! I strongly believe all of us have personal goals to be achieved. We have big dreams to be reached. We want to be succeeding in career regardless of what we become. We want to be rich, maybe we want to be famous and honorable; we want our live always run smoothly, have problem-free life, and other worldly things. All of that isn’t wrong and indeed we must have goals and have dreams in our lives. But you know, as Christians, we actually have another important goal and it will become our ultimate goal. Let’s take a look to the Bible verse at the first paragraph of this post to get the answer. Let’s focus to:” …He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son…” From these words we clearly know what our ultimate goal as Father’s child is. Our ultimate goal is to become Christ-like.  Actually, the message about this thing already stated from the beginning in the first book of Genesis. God said:

 “Let Us make man in our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”  So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them (Genesis 1:26-27)

 We’re Different with another God’s creation, we’re created very special. We were created in the image and likeness of God. Not physically but in character. It is very important to be implanted in our heart. Paul stresses the importance of living like Christ and describes his longing to see the fulfillment of this ultimate goal could be happen. He said, “My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you,” (Galatian 4:19) in other word, That Paul willing to suffer again, like a suffering mother in childbirth so that Christ’s image is completely and permanently formed or molded in us.

What and how God’s characteristic is?  Actually it’s easy to know and understand God’s character. God has given the way to know His character through Jesus Christ who came to this world.  Generally, Christ – likeness encompasses two aspects, namely: First: the mind, attitude, and Christ’s heart. And the second thing is Christ’s character/ Integrity.  Easy to know but it turns out isn’t easy to apply in our lives.  Honestly, I have many times met Christians but they exactly don’t reflect the character of Christ. Instead they more reflect the worldly characters. For example, by chance I involved in the business world and really know how cruel the business world. I found so many sly businessmen. They can do anything just for the sake of their own business. They could run their business with dirty way, They compete unfairly, they in a sneaky way can  turn off the business of others that runs the same business with them, and you know, I got a sad fact that not a few of them are Christians. They assume that Christianity and business world are two very different things that cannot be mixed. They argue that Christian doctrines aren’t related with business rules. Business will be difficult to grow if always stick to the Christianity.  Once again I remember when for the first time I started to take over my parents’ businesses, my mom and dad give me myriad of advices and it all based on Christian doctrines. This proves that the Bible also deals with issues of how to run a business based on Christian teachings.

Another fact, I met many Christians that look like have “split personality”. In one particular situation and time their attitudes reflect Christ’s character. They seem like “A holy man” in the Church but in the other place and situation (out of the church), they changed and have completely contradictory attitudes. They didn’t have DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) they are totally normal but they can easily set up their attitudes as needed. I call them as hypocrite. Another Sadder fact, the attitudes that didn’t reflect Christ’s character instead occurred in the church environment. Some time ago, one of my church friends in Singapore told me that just because there was dissent in some of the church assemblies, conflict occurred and they blaspheme and lash out each other and eventually they are hostile to each other. The examples and facts above are proofs that not necessarily people who claim as Christian could automatically reflect characters like Christ. I apologize to have conclusion that it’s not definite guarantee people who have been baptized and busy with church ministry automatically will completely reflect Christ’s character.  My father once said, “Don’t ever claim as Christian and already live in Christ if we aren’t reflecting His image. Once we claim we are Christian and live in Him, we have to always could reflect the form of His image” Then my father gave a simple example a glass and water. When the water gets into the glass, the water will follow the form of the glass. It’s impossible we pour water into the glass and the form of the water like a bowl. The water will always follow the shape of the vessel where it is poured. It means, when we say that we are living in God; we are obliged to follow the lead of Christ. We have to do something as exemplified by Jesus himself. About this thing John also affirms:

Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did. (1 John 2:6)

My beloved readers, this evening I want to ask all of us to seriously take time for a moment. Let’s think, ponder, and make an evaluation. How our spiritual life as Christians right now?  If we claim to be Christians and live in Christ, have we already reflect two aspects of Christ’s character through our behavior, deeds and lifestyles? Have we succeeded in getting people around us say: “Oh, their deed and behavior are truly reflecting the figure of Christ” Or even otherwise we are simply becoming a stumbling block to others? Let’s examine ourselves whether each thing we think is already in line with Christ’s character. Let’s evaluate again the way we think, the way we behave, our temperament, attitudes, character, integrity, and we have to make sure that it all still leads to the Christ. Do we already have a solid and genuine Christian character or we as if have “Split personality” that could be changed any time as needed and then people around us will labeling us as hypocrites.

Personally I have to admit it’s not easy to become Christ-like. Not infrequently I have to experience a struggle when I try to always reflect the character of Christ in my personal life.  As long as we live in this world, it’s not easy to always reflect Christ’s character because there are many things in this world are opposed with the Christian teachings. That’s true but isn’t an impossible thing to do and we have to remember one important thing that if anyone in Christ, the new creation has come the old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17) As a new creation, we have to put off our old behavior and habits and day by day we should continue to experience renewal and increasingly get an Image of Christ and we continue to proceed to become Christ-like.

… you have put off the old man with his deeds,  and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him. (Colossians 3:9-10)

And we also have been granted with the Holy Spirit to dwell in us, teach, help, and remind us of everything God has said to us:

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. (John 14:26)

 Let’s always longing to live in God, really love Him, and always live in His words, faithful and obedient to His teaching, and fear to God. God will give us strength and ability to continue to live in accordance with His will. God’s word said:

 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)

Don’t be affected by worldly temptations, stay focused on the process of reaching our ultimate goal. Stay focused to Jesus Christ as our role model and let Jesus mold and process us according to His will and also let Him eroding and destroying our old unpleasant character until finally our ultimate goal become Christ-like will be achieved. Amen

Karina Lam – Living by faith

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75 thoughts on “Our Ultimate Goal

  1. Thank you for this, dear friend. In our world has become so infected by the devil that it’s really hard to be like Christ. Even when we become enraged with this world we are not imitating Christ. It’s a constant battle which depends totally on God’s will.

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    • Dear sister in Christ, Kathy
      Your are welcome, sis. I do agree that become Christ-like is battle or struggling and we have to totally depends on God alone. He will strengthen and enables us to achieve our ultimate goal. Thank you for your wonderful response on my post, sis 🙂 Have a great day and God bless.

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  2. My dear gorgeous sister,
    Thank you very much for this reminder. Become Christ-like one of my big passion. I realized as you said it’s not easy and there are many worldly challenge to achieve it. But still we must achieve the ultimate goal as Christians. God bless you, my sister:)

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  3. You know Karina, you remind me of this piece of Scripture from:

    Romans 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.

    If there is any evidence that we are in fact “Christian” as we so claim, there has to be some form of transformation that is physically and spiritually obvious to a persons character. Renewal is a process that takes time; however, having said that though, I think that there are times when Christians give up on the whole renewal process if they choose to feed their “flesh” more than their spirit.

    It’s like the idea of wanting to lose weight, you can do it if you choose to eat right and work out to lose fat, but if you don’t change the habit of eating the wrong foods, you’ll never lose weight even if you do work out to try to burn the fat. Salvation is like a diet change. You feed your spirit the right foods and exercise your mind and heart to change and be transformed into having the mind of Christ. There is no point in Feeding your spirit with the Word by simply attending a “church service” and then once you walk out the church doors you return to your normal carnal behaviour that wants to look good on the outside, but hasn’t changed at all in the inside. That is why some people can be hypocritical. It’s unfortunate but salvation is an entire life changing experience that changes a persons entire behaviour. If we select what parts we want to save, then we haven’t truly embraced the entire message of salvation is my opinion.

    Blessings Sis.
    Sherline

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    • Dear, sister Sherline.
      Thank you for your great reflection of my post. That’s great and I do agree with your thought and example. This is another insight related with the topic I wrote. Trust me your thought will be my personal pondering. Thank you very much,sis 🙂 God bless.

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  4. It’s the most comforting and assuring thing to know that we have a Heavenly Father who loves us and will never leave us nor forsake!
    If that doesn’t make us joyful and at peace then I don’t know what will!

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    • Hi there..
      Thank you very much for you response to my post 🙂 Yes our Father in Heaven really loves us..so that’s as His child we must trying hard to be more like Him. Thank you and God bless.

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  5. Thanks for writing this, Karina!
    Christ is our example! I remember him saying, Abide you in My love! I believe the term Christian as Scripture presents it isn’t a title but a way of life in Jesus. Christ-ian meaning “follower of Christ” and this is more than believing. It’s always about character, most especially Love, for all godly characters stem from it.

    Have a blessed day!

    Sammy.

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    • Dear brother in Christ,Sammy
      You are very welcome, brother. Thank you very much for your insightful comment on my post 🙂 I do agree with your statement. Christian is more than believing. It’s about have character and love like Christ. Once again thank you, brother. God bless.

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  6. Dear Karina, thank you for sharing your heart for Christ, and for what only the Holy Spirit can do in us.
    Here is link to one of our books, God is Our Goal. This is a summary of what I taught my grandchildren for fourteen years. It encompasses what you have shared in your post.

    Blessings as you continue to honor your earthly father and your heavenly Father in the image of Christ.

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    • Dear, Francesrogers
      You are welcome 🙂 I thank you for your great comment and also for the link. At glance I have look your book and I will ask my assistant to buy it. I strongly believe could learn so much from your great book. Once again thank you very much for your attention 🙂 God bless.

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      • Karina, I am blessed that you will read a small part of what the blessings the Lord has given me over the years. One book cannot cover it all, and pray that He will continue to bless me to write and for others to know the legacy that we have in His kingdom. It is a magnificent inheritance that we have in Christ, unmatched by anything of this world. If you are blessed by this book, please look at the others on Amazon. Still praying for your father’s complete recovery. Have a blessed week. Fran

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  7. Hi Karin! I’m back from a vacation I took for a week. It was very good to get away…hope all is well with you. This is a very good post, we all need to become more like our Savior in every way. You take care and God’s blessings to you and your family…

    Steve 🙂

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    • Hello, brother!
      It’s good to hear you back from a vacation. I am doing well here. Next week I have a business trip and take holiday to the some countries n Europe. We will go for a month 🙂 Thank you,brother and God bless.

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      • Always glad to hear from you, sis! It’s good to be back from vacation, I had a great time. Wishing you and yours the very best and you enjoy your trip to Europe!

        Steve

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  8. Thank you for this word Karina.
    Becoming like Christ is definitely one of the main goals we should be striving for.
    It’s not easy but we have help in the Holy Spirit.
    And we have to be intentional about becoming more like Christ.
    Bless you

    Rolain

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    • ( sorry first comment I have ever made on WordPress ) as a wise man once said ” In order to be in Christ-Likeness we first must surrender our earthly desires and realize that the self is prohibiting us from being Saints, for we must first become Saints in our daily living in order to gain the conscience of Christ.”

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  9. I wonder if there is a way to talk about businessmen, who do not follow their Christian principles, that is kind, loving and peaceful. I wonder if setting the an example for them to follow would be enough. What do you think, Karina?
    Kindness – Robert.

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    • Dear, Robert
      First of all, thank you for reading and gave me good question. Well, based on my experience and what I did. There are two ways. First, we must pray for them earnestly so that they soon realize what a Christian should be like. The second way is, Of ourselves must really set an example and be a good model for them in the hope that they will compare our attitudes with their own attitudes. I am really realized it’s not so easy to make them changing their behavior but as a Christ-follower it is become a great challenge to change them to be Christ-like. Dear, Robert. I hope this could answer your question. Thank you and God bless.

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      • Thanks for your lovely reply, Karina.
        It seems that we both agree that writing inflammatory statements about people whose lifestyles we disagree with is not the best way of approaching the situation if we are to help them.
        I love that your mind is flexible enough to find the solutions you just outlined and I appreciate the honesty and integrity you showed by sharing your findings with me in such a sweet way.
        God bless – hope you have a lovely day.
        Kindness – Robert.

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  10. Karina,
    Amen on what you wrote, great analogy between earthly father, whom I also adored growing up and our heavenly Father. What a shame Satan has attempted to destroy the family and especially our relationship with our earthly fathers.
    Blessings to you and keep up the good work, always be a blessing to others.
    Pastor Lester

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  11. Amen-Amein Sister in Christ Jesus-Yeshua Katrina!! God Bless you Sister in Christ Jesus-Yeshua Katrina and Your Family members and Friends!! 💕

    God Bless all my Sisters and Brothers in Christ Jesus-Yeshua and Your Families and Friends!! 💕

    I Love you all Everyone through Jesus-Yeshua Christ, because HE LOVED 💕 EVERYONE FIRST!!

    Love 💕 ❤ Always and Shalom ( Peace ), YSIC \o/

    Kristi Ann

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  12. I found it instructive to return to this post. We may be discouraged at our slow progress toward “perfection”. Often though that term is misunderstood. The world seeks outward perfection, so we expect huge and visible gains. But God is refining our spirit. That takes place inwardly. We need only submit to His will for our lives. ❤

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