We read in Genesis 1:26-27, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness… So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” Even after the fall in the Garden of Eden God never gave up His agenda that man was created to be in His likeness and image (Genesis 9:6).

In Hebrews 1:3, we are told that Jesus Christ is the brightness of the Father’s glory and the express image of His person. Jesus Christ is our true role model. He is the No. 1 pattern man. God, in His infinite grace and mercy has not left us to flounder around searching for the right role model to follow.

Men, we have no excuse for bearing the image of this humanistic world. We also have no excuse for bearing the image of the old self nature. We need to sit down and ask ourselves afresh, “What is my most driving ambition in this life as a Christian man?” If it is not to bear the likeness and image of God’s pattern Son, Jesus Christ, then we have lost our way.

How important to know that our sins are forgiven and that we have been delivered from hell. Yet, from God’s perspective, it is even more important that we should ever increasingly bear the image of Christ, His beloved Son. This simple truth is at the very heart of our Christian manhood.

Earnestly pray that you will be the most Christ-like man your wife and family will ever have the privilege to know, except for Christ himself. By leading your family in devotions each day you can invite your family to join with you in pursuing Christ likeness.

Be encouraged. Colin Campbell
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