1 John 3
I John 3:2 reads in part, “Beloved, now we are children of God, and It has not appeared as yet what we will be….” It has not appeared as yet what we will be. I am now in my 50’s. If you are my age or older, you have had the pleasure to watch the kids around you grow up. When they were little, it was hard to imagine what they would become as adults. Some of those little kids that I knew many years ago have grown into wonderful adults. Even some of those irresponsible teenagers have done well for themselves. Some have become doctors, nurses, professionals, experts in their field, responsible caring parents, teachers and business owners. All I can say is “Wow.” This was hard to imagine when they were very young. “It has not appeared as yet what we will be…” We can’t yet imagine what we will become.
Of course, the 1 John 3:2 also adds, “…we know that when He appears , we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.” This describes the transformation that we will experience at the return of Christ. One day we will find ourselves in the very image of Christ.
However, in the meantime, what will you become? How will you change and grow? John’s words here are hopeful and optimistic. It has not appeared as yet what we will be… The possibilities are great. God, in Christ, has put you on a road to growth and transformation and new discoveries. You will face joys and sorrows. You will suffer. You will be challenged. You will be tempted. You will have victories and defeats. Yet, the Lord is leading you to Him. It has not appeared as yet what we will be. So, go out and discover and find that very thing. Become the person that God has created you to be. Grow into the image of Jesus Christ.
-Pastor Scott Deane
You can read or listen to today’s Bible reading plan passages at BibleGateway.com here – Hosea 3-4 and 1 John 3