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).
As believers in Jesus Christ, we are loved by God, accepted by God, and adopted into his family, the church. The aim of lives is to please him (2 Cor. 5:9) and to be conformed into Christ’s image (Rom. 8:29). The beauty of 1 John 3:2 is that we will “follow our exalted Head” (Wesley) and receive a glorious resurrected body. We are going to a place where there is no sickness, death, or disease (Isa. 33:24; Rev. 21:4). Because of what awaits us, we “set our hope fully on the grace that will be brought to [us] at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Pet. 1:13) and we seek to live “lives of holiness and godliness” (2 Pet. 3:11). We continue to seek his will in our daily lives and we pray that he would give us life according to his steadfast love.
So renew and deepen my love for you Jesus, for you alone are worthy of our adoration, affection, and allegiance. Dazzle my heart with your beauty; fill my gaze with your wonder; free my hands with your mercy ~ Scotty Smith