Nearly all new equipment comes with an owner’s manual, provided by the manufacturer, giving basic instructions on its care and telling what to do should problems occur. Our Maker has provided an owner’s manual, the Bible, instructing us on the care of our “machine.” Circumstances and conditions change, but the principles of healthy living are timeless. Follow them, and you can be assured that you will have fewer breakdowns.
God created us “in His own image,”1 but He’s not done yet. It’s an ongoing process. We all share some basic aspects of His nature from birth—we are eternal, spiritual beings with the capacity to reason, love, and distinguish right from wrong—but developing godly character is a lifelong process. It’s also a big part of why we’re here. What should we strive to be like? The following Bible passages give a fairly well-rounded picture:
Psalm 40:5: Many, O Lord my God, are Your wonderful works which You have done; and Your thoughts toward us cannot be recounted to You in order; if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.
Psalm 103:2: Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.
Job 22:21: Now acquaint yourself with Him, and be at peace; Thereby good will come to you.
Psalm 55:22: Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.
John 1:1, 14: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 8:31: Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.
1 Samuel 16:7: But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
Isaiah 55:8–9: “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. 9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”