Scripture: 1 John 3:
2 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 3 All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.
Observation: It is our goal to become more like Jesus, and someday we will be strengthened by God to be like Him.
Application: This is a scripture that is often used at funeral services because it shows us a great hope that one day we will be made like Christ. What does that mean to you and me? It means we will be elevated above our physical limitations, we will not be left for dead, we will be restored to a more pure form of love and compassion. What a glorious day that will be. Amen.
As of yet, we are not able to comprehend the vast differences we will experience when we are in the presence of God because this earthly life and our physical eyes can not allow us to see beyond what is just in front of us. But God knows us inside and out, better than we could ever know ourselves and even though we know we have problems and issues and weaknesses, God is able to change us.
God said, “Let us make man(kind) in our own image,” yet it is a work that has not been fully completed, for now we are only a shadow, a reflection that shimmers on the surface, but once we are fully reunited with our God, once we lavish in His presence, once we are absorbed by His Spirit, He will change us from the inside out and we will be perfected as Christ is now.
Prayer: Heavenly Father,
I thank you for the promise that one day when we meet face to face, you will wash away all the stains that this world has left on me and make me pure in your sight. Grant me the ability to be more like you in my thoughts, actions, and motivations. Forgive me when I fail to honor you in all that I do and bring me into your perfection when my work here is accomplished.