The image and likeness we should resemble is Jesus Christ himself. A person's true character and identity is what is on the inside of him or her rather than their external features. The heart of a man and their willingness to press forward to achieving anything worthwhile takes drive, determination and dedication.
It is a personal connection, a personal conversation, and a personal commitment to God to find yourself being cleansed to stay in fellowship with Him. The cleansing agent is the blood of Jesus and the confession of sin in our lives. The scriptures teach, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful, just and will forgive and cleanse us from all unrighteousness." I John 1: 9. This verse lets us know we need to take a spiritual bath daily because we all sin in some form of another every day. "To know to do good, and not do good is sin." James 4:17.
The marks of being a religious person is something we do not want to resemble. Why have an outer appearance that seems to be clean and undefiled, while on the inside of one's heart there is filth and deceit? First, the inside of a person needs to be cleansed, then our outer appearance should follow without being hypocrisy. Matthew 23:25-26.
As Christians, we are to live in love with one another and be sincere with the love that is being shown to others. We should use our God given gifts He has bestowed upon us as we serve one another. Romans 12: 8. As we mature in our Christian faith let us serve God joyfully, wholeheartedly, and without compromise. If God said it, believe it, if God said do it, then be obedient and do it. As the Holy Spirit speaks to your spirit only you and Him know what has been said and placed on your heart and spirit to do.
As we obey and act upon the leading of the Holy Spirit change comes to our heart and mind. The Bible states God looks at the heart of man, rather than our outward appearance. 2 Chronicles 16: 9. When we trust God we are showing Him we are committed to Him and his ways of doing things. As Christians, we are to grow each and every day of our spiritual lives, living with faith, hope, and love.
Is your house in order? The best way to get your house in order is by accepting Jesus into your life as Lord and Savior. His presence will help you obey the commands in the Bible. And more importantly, the Bible teaches us about who Jesus is and what He has done on our behalf. He died for all of our sins, past, present, and future.
Most Christians struggle with some sort of sin regardless of their maturity level. This of course does not give us a right or license to sin, but it does give us an awareness of His presence in our lives when our fleshly desires tempt us to do something we know is not godly or wholesome. A change of mind with a Godly view in mind and a willingness to obey will overcome the many temptations we face.