Au jour où Dieu créa Adam, il le fit à la ressemblance de Dieu.
C’est ça le but, c’est ça le dessein ultime: être à la ressemblance de Dieu. Paul emploiera une expression similaire : « croître jusqu’à la stature parfaite de Christ » (éphésiens 4:13). Rien ne vous empêche de vous arrêter un instant et de vous rappeler cette réalité éternelle, qui est la cause même de notre existence. Au milieu des activités et de tout ce qui nous préoccupe légitimement, n’oublions jamais que tout doit concourir à ce que nous devenions semblables au Christ, à tous égards.
Chaque blessure, chaque déception, chaque joie, chaque épreuve, chaque succès, chaque situation de la vie doivent trouver leur explication dans le plan global de Dieu pour chacune de nos vies. Dès que vous analysez les injustices que vous subissez ou les appréciations que vous recevez sous le prisme de ce que Dieu veut en faire en vous, la seule chose qui surgit de votre coeur est l’humilité d’avoir été choisi par Dieu pour vivre cette grâce. Et plus tard, la louange pure suit.
N’en avez-vous pas marre de courir après des explications sur tout ce qui vous arrive, surtout quand elles pointent le doigt sur l’autre systématiquement ? Etes-vous satisfait pleinement dans cette quête de position sociale, de course à l’argent, de poursuite effrénée vers l’appréciation de tous de ce que vous faites? Etes-vous pris au piège de la permanente satisfaction des autres, du qu’en dira-t-on ? Les stars de ce monde en sont victimes. Certains Chrétiens aussi. Si nous nous définissons par rapport à…, si nous considérons la foi comme une carrière spirituelle, si nous cherchons à impressionner Dieu (même de façon inconsciente), c’est que nous n’avons pas brisé au point où notre vie ne signifie plus rien et que seule la vie de Christ compte.
Si le grain de blé ne meurt pas, il reste seul. (Jn 12,24Jn 12,24
English: World English Bible - WEB
12 1 Then six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, who had been dead, whom he raised from the dead. 2 So they made him a supper there. Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with him. 3 Mary, therefore, took a pound a Roman pound of 12 ounces, or about 340 grams of ointment of pure nard, very precious, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment. 4 Then Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, one of his disciples, who would betray him, said, 5 “Why wasn’t this ointment sold for three hundred denarii, 300 denarii was about a year’s wages for an agricultural laborer. and given to the poor?” 6 Now he said this, not because he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and having the money box, used to steal what was put into it. 7 But Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She has kept this for the day of my burial. 8 For you always have the poor with you, but you don’t always have me.” 9 A large crowd therefore of the Jews learned that he was there, and they came, not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead. 10 But the chief priests conspired to put Lazarus to death also, 11 because on account of him many of the Jews went away and believed in Jesus. 12 On the next day a great multitude had come to the feast. When they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 13 they took the branches of the palm trees, and went out to meet him, and cried out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, the King of Israel!” 14 Jesus, having found a young donkey, sat on it. As it is written, 15 “Don’t be afraid, daughter of Zion. Behold, your King comes, sitting on a donkey’s colt.” 16 His disciples didn’t understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about him, and that they had done these things to him. 17 The multitude therefore that was with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb, and raised him from the dead, was testifying about it. 18 For this cause also the multitude went and met him, because they heard that he had done this sign. 19 The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, “See how you accomplish nothing. Behold, the world has gone after him.” 20 Now there were certain Greeks among those that went up to worship at the feast. 21 These, therefore, came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and asked him, saying, “Sir, we want to see Jesus.” 22 Philip came and told Andrew, and in turn, Andrew came with Philip, and they told Jesus. 23 Jesus answered them, “The time has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Most assuredly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains by itself alone. But if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 He who loves his life will lose it. He who hates his life in this world will keep it to eternal life. 26 If anyone serves me, let him follow me. Where I am, there will my servant also be. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him. 27 “Now my soul is troubled. What shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this time?’ But for this cause I came to this time. 28 Father, glorify your name!” Then there came a voice out of the sky, saying, “I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.” 29 The multitude therefore, who stood by and heard it, said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” 30 Jesus answered, “This voice hasn’t come for my sake, but for your sakes. 31 Now is the judgment of this world. Now the prince of this world will be cast out. 32 And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33 But he said this, signifying by what kind of death he should die. 34 The multitude answered him, “We have heard out of the law that the Christ remains forever. How do you say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up?’ Who is this Son of Man?” 35 Jesus therefore said to them, “Yet a little while the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, that darkness doesn’t overtake you. He who walks in the darkness doesn’t know where he is going. 36 While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become children of light.” Jesus said these things, and he departed and hid himself from them. 37 But though he had done so many signs before them, yet they didn’t believe in him, 38 that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke, “Lord, who has believed our report? To whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” 39 For this cause they couldn’t believe, for Isaiah said again, 40 “He has blinded their eyes and he hardened their heart, Lest they should see with their eyes, And perceive with their heart, And would turn, And I would heal them.” 41 Isaiah said these things when he saw his glory, and spoke of him. 42 Nevertheless even of the rulers many believed in him, but because of the Pharisees they didn’t confess it, so that they wouldn’t be put out of the synagogue, 43 for they loved men’s praise more than God’s praise. 44 Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me, believes not in me, but in him who sent me. 45 He who sees me sees him who sent me. 46 I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in me may not remain in the darkness. 47 If anyone listens to my sayings, and doesn’t believe, I don’t judge him. For I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. 48 He who rejects me, and doesn’t receive my sayings, has one who judges him. The word that I spoke, the same will judge him in the last day. 49 For I spoke not from myself, but the Father who sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. 50 I know that his commandment is eternal life. The things therefore which I speak, even as the Father has said to me, so I speak.”
En vérité, en vérité, je vous le dis : Si le grain de blé tombé en terre ne meurt pas, il reste seul. Mais s’il meurt, il donne beaucoup de fruit.
On parle beaucoup de « mourir à soi », sans parfois comprendre ce beau trésor que Dieu nous a donné. Mourir à soi ne consiste pas à se mortifier ou à rechercher les douleurs soi-même. Cela consiste simplement à tout entrevoir sous la perspective biblique et de conséquemment ajuster son attitude, coute que vaille, aux recommandations bibliques. Dieu nous demande de considérer qu’Il est contrôle de tout et que ces circonstances qui nous paraissent comme des défaites, sont très exactement les choses qu’Il a voulues dans nos vies et qu’elles contribueront à nous bâtir, à nous rendre semblables à Lui. Ne menons donc plus nos vies comme un comptable qui effectue son bilan en comparant ses bons actes et ses échecs ou comme une dame qui se rassure tous les jours que son jardin est plus beau que celui de sa voisine. Il n’y a pas de comparaison à faire, ni envers les autres, ni envers soi-même ou pire, envers Dieu.
Comme un enfant de la maison, abreuvez-vous de Sa Parole et au moment de la pratique, agissez conséquemment. Si vous tombez, relevez-vous, repentez-vous et continuez dans Sa grâce. Que la permanente vérité de Son amour pour vous, ne vous quitte jamais et qu’elle produise en vous ce désir permanent de repentance et de soif de Lui être agréable. Non, sans pression mais comme la réponse évidente à Son Amour fidèle.