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).
Once we’re born again, God wants us to be conformed to the image of His Son. This word conformed is the Greek word summorphoo, which means to bring to the same form with. The root of this word is morphe which means an outward expression of an inward essence or nature. God wants us to take what He placed on the inside of us and let it show up in our daily lifestyle as we interact with life!
In the New Birth, our spirits are made new creatures in Christ. Old things pass away; all things become new. And what should take place is that what has been placed on the inside should begin to show up in our daily behavior. Years ago we sang a song, “I’ve got something on the inside working on the outside…” That’s the idea here.
Paul prayed for the Galatians believers, My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you (Galatians 4:19). This word formed in this verse is the Greek word morphe which again means an outward expression of an inner nature. He was praying that the New Birth experience would begin to show up on the outside in the daily lives of these believers.
Paul travailed in prayer for these believers. Travail is intense prayer. It denotes agony and tears much like a woman giving birth to a child. So instead of complaining about the lack of Christ likeness we may see in others, we should pray as Paul did that Christ may be formed in them, that what is on the inside may begin to be seen on the outside.
All of us are the process of being conformed to the image of Jesus. What’s on the inside is rising up to be seen on the outside! Anger is giving way to patience; irritability is giving way to peace; angst is giving way to rest; self-centeredness is giving way to putting others first; instability is being replaced by a stable, Word of God based faith; unforgiveness, bitterness, and resentment are being replaced by love, etc.
Instead of seeing the obvious flaws and being upset with others and their lack of “spirituality” today, let’s pray for each other today that this process of change from inside to outside would be completed in one another! We’re morphing!