Most of us are still trying to attain something and have not yet realized that we have already obtained it. We wear ourselves out in order to be Christ-like. We are hoping that through much effort we will one day reach some standard to which we can finally say we are living like Jesus. But this is not God’s way.
It is not a changed life that God seeks from you, but an exchanged life – that is, your life is to be given up in exchange for His Life. That is the exchanged Life: my life for His Life.