In the first 3 verses of 1 John 3, John invites us to have an eternal perspective. He calls us to remember that we are members of a family that transcends the physical, temporary world. We are the physical children of someone, we are the eternal, permanent, children of God. We are children of God whether we “feel” it or not. Some people struggle to understand, ascertain, appreciate an eternal perspective because they do not know God. We should help others to know, not because we have all the answers, but because we are related to an awesome God that does.

One challenge of an eternal perspective is that we don’t see everything all at once. By design, we don’t get to see the entire picture, from start to finish, we aren’t given the memo on how God’s work now makes us more like Christ later. When Christ first appeared to his followers post resurrection, even his own disciples – those that walked with him – did not recognize him. Yet, God is working now so that when Christ returns, we will recognize him and – ‘we shall see him as he is.’ This is incredibly powerful and encouraging. Upon return, we shall know and see Jesus for all that he is, a gift that not even those humans who had the most intimate connection had. This meeting creates in us a hope so meaningful that we are spurred to action- action to continually purify our lives so that our lifestyles align with Christ, and we know him when he returns.

{Meditations on 1 John 3:1-3}

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