Wednesday, May 16, 2012

1 John 3:1-2

"Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is."
1 John 3:1-2

I was talking to a friend yesterday about things that we wished we could do.  Fly, eat without gaining weight, be a little taller, change our hair color at will, and so on.  It was a silly conversation, but I think there was also a little hope in there that someday we'll enjoy perfect bodies and walk on water and more of those things that God has.
As this verse says, we don't know everything about God, and we don't have all the details about what we will become in the far future.  But we do know that we will be like him.  We're the sons of God because God is literally the father of our spirits, and also because Christ figuratively has begotten us through his suffering for our sins.  All of us will have some blessings after this life just because we are the children of God, and physically we will all be like him in certain respects.  We'll have perfect, immortal bodies.  We'll be free of so many things that physically limit us here.  And some of us, if we work at it, will learn to be like God internally as well as externally.  Some things will depend on this internal likeness.  We know that Peter tried to walk on the water, and did for a few steps.  He obviously had the physical ability already.  But he wasn't able to sustain his walk because he faltered internally, and he couldn't sustain his faith for more than a few steps.  If we want to be able to do cool things like Peter did, we have to learn at least as much faith.  And if we want to do cool things like Christ did... well, we need to spend our lives learning to be like him, internally.  And God has shown us the way to get there... he's given us commandments... which teach us the way to become more like he is.  Today, let's remember that the Gospel isn't about limitations, but about learning to be so much more than we are... to be able to do new things, and have new opportunities and *more* freedom, not less.  And as we remember that today, let's renew our efforts to do as God asks.  To walk his path, and learn what he has to teach us.  We have the chance to be instructed by God today about how to become more like him.  Let's pray, and read, and listen.

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