Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when He appears we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him as He is.

1 John 3: 2

 

John makes a couple of truly amazing statements here. He says that regardless of the mess that we make of living and the bad decisions that we make, despite our tendency to wander far away from the life that God has called us to, and regardless of how stubbornly we ignore the Lord’s counsel and direction; God still calls us “My child”.

 

There is also a great and wonderful hope provided to us in our relationship with God, for His Spirit is not just resident in us, He is also very active in our hearts. God brings a desire for change to us, and He performs a miraculous and transformational work in us, too. The nurture and the instruction of God lead us to a change that is effected at the deepest and most fundamental of levels in our beings. In life we often seek to change from the outside; we work out to tone our muscles, we buy new clothes, we gain education, and we move to a better neighborhood; yet, none of these things changes the way that we relate to others, and nothing that we do teaches us how to truly love.

 

The Lord accepts us as we are; then, He starts to remake us into people who are ever more like Christ. I think that the slowness of my responses to His work must surely try God’s patience, but He never stops loving me, caring for me, and working in my heart. The more of myself that I open to Him, the more that I am honestly seeking His will for the way that I live, the more rapidly the transformation seems to happen. There is only one thing that limits my progression in growing as God’s child, and that is my openness to the change. Each day I need to keep my mind and my heart focused on Jesus and take delight in the new person that He is revealing in me.

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