Man in his earthly form is with sin from the moment he is born into this world. To be born again is to be created according to God into Christ. It means to be recreated in his likeness, which is true righteousness and holiness. But to be recreated in His likeness, we need to chose Him. Furthermore He chose us to shower His mercy upon us. Hence to recreate in us in His likeness, so that we are made whole again.
Romans 13.12 says, “The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light”
When we have set ourselves free from the dominion of the flesh, we are free from the works of darkness too. The nature of Christ is light that dispels darkness. To be reborn in his likeness is to become carriers of the light of the world.
The World Today
Living in the darkest of days, we see every day that man is enslaved to all kinds of evil. From addictive cell phone apps to virtual reality, from gambling to discos, drinking, drugs and sex, man is addicted to evil in many forms. The sins of man has multiplied and is spreading everywhere.
People toil their entire life to make some money and enjoy the pleasures of the world. But it is an evil money trap that will see all your earnings drain away in a cyclic loop, month after month, year after year. Some would willingly commit evil to earn some money. Money is God, they say. Some receive from the hands of the Lord but spend it on evil pleasures. They don’t know where it comes from or to where it goes.
1Timothy 6:10 warns every money seeker thus, “For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.” And man’s greediness takes him far from the Lord, His Words and His ways. It is far from the likeness of Christ.
To be like Christ is not to hoard or crave after money but to understand the hopelessness of money. Christians is to share with the needy all that you have in excess of. To be created according to God in Christ is to “be holy as I am holy.”