“Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears,[a] we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.”

1 John 3:2
Now, we are God’s children – our potential for later – not yet revealed. God works now so we may be Christ like both now and later. God works now so that when Christ returns, we recognize, know, and appreciate him.