Few of us look in the mirror and come to the conclusion of Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath. During his heyday as a player, Namath wrote a book titled I Can’t Wait Until Tomorrow . . . ‘Cause I Get Better-Looking Every Day.
As egotistical as that title sounds, it can help us see how we as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ should view ourselves in the lifelong process of becoming like Him. Scripture tells us that to become more like Christ, we need to keep getting better every day.
The development of Christlikeness is called sanctification. It begins the moment we put our faith in Christ for forgiveness of our sins. In God’s eyes we are sanctified, or “set apart” from the ungodly, and placed in God’s family. But sanctification is also the ongoing process in which we become more and more like our Savior as we allow the Holy Spirit to develop in us His characteristics. Our part is to “press on,” striving to reach spiritual maturity (Phil. 3:12).
Ask yourself this question: Am I better-looking spiritually than I was yesterday? It’s a good test of whether you are becoming more like Jesus.
Every day more like my Savior,
Every day my will resign,
Till at last Christ reigns supremely
In this grateful heart of mine. —Brandt
The new birth takes only a moment; the growth of a saint takes a lifetime.