(Part 19)


November 1, 2017

Today’s reading:  1 John 3:1-3

What is the destiny of a Christian? “We shall be like him” (v.2c). We shall be like God! We are called to be holy as God is holy, to be perfect as the heavenly Father is perfect. This is because we are God’s children and we belong to Him. “See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are.” (v.1a).

People in the world, including Christians themselves, do not realize who they are, because they do not really know God and His plan for their lives. “The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” (v.1b). But we must realize the fundamental reality: “Beloved, we are God’s children now” (v.2a).

But there is more, much more. We are destined for greatness as God’s children. We have not fully experienced such destiny, but we will, if we allow God’s plan to unfold in our lives. “What we shall be has not yet been revealed.” (v.2b). But we have glimpses of God’s intent. And we know that His ultimate desire for us is to join him eternally in heaven. Then, “we shall see him as he is.” (v.2d). We shall be face-to-face with God.

Our destiny can only happen as we live in this world according to God’s way. That is the way of holiness. So we start now. Looking forward to our destiny, we live pure. “Everyone who has this hope based on him makes himself pure, as he is pure.” (v.3).

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