Week beginning: 23rd November, 2014

By Caroline Eade | Cambridge

"For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters."

Romans 8:29 NIV 2011

Debates about predestination can easily mean we miss the key point of this verse - that our destiny and destination as Christians is to become like Jesus. The sense is not that we become clones of him, undifferentiated and indistinguishable. The verse goes on to explain that we are his brothers and sisters. Our goal is therefore to bear the family likeness, to resemble him in character, especially in what we love and live for, and in showing what our heavenly Father is like.

The legal profession increasingly expects us not just to be specialists in a particular field, but also to make our mark, stand out, gain a following. Earning the respect and trust of client and colleagues is certainly important, and in itself can be Christ-like. But let's remember that our ultimate aim in life is not to forge an identity for ourselves, but to find our identity in Christ, and to be transformed into his image. And let's pray that as those around us get to know us better, they will increasingly see not us, but him, more clearly.

Prayer points

1) That you will be willing this week to be to be identified first and foremost as being in Christ and for others to see him more clearly.
2) Give thanks for the LCF conference this last weekend, for the deepening of relationships and the opportunity to hear from God as we serve him in the profession.