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

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”. The Lord cares for us, provides for our
needs, and provides us with comfort and with correction. He continually works
in us to give us an understanding of the totality of who He is.

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.

Christ accepts us as we are; then, He starts to remake us into people who are ever
more like Himself. 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 me that I open to Him and 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.