MONDAY, OCTOBER 12
“Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but He has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like Him, for we will see Him as He really is.”
1 John 3:2 (NLT2)
POWER TO CHANGE
In Valladolid, Spain, where Christopher Columbus died in 1506, stands a monument commemorating the great discoverer. Perhaps the most interesting feature of the memorial is a statue of a lion destroying one of the Latin words that had been part of Spain’s motto for centuries. Before Columbus made his voyages, the Spaniards thought they had reached the outer limits of earth. Thus, their motto was “Ne Plus Ultra,” which means “No More Beyond.” The word being torn away by the lion is “Ne” or “no,” which makes it read “Plus Ultra.” Columbus had proven that there was indeed “more beyond.” The world could never be understood the same.
One of the goals for 1 John is to encourage Christians about the future. 1 John 3:1 tells us what we are, 1 John 3:2 tells us what we shall be and 1 John 3:3 tells us what we should be. In 1 John 3:2 John writes, “He has not yet shown us what we will be like…but we don’t know that we will be like Him.” The reference here, of course, is to the time of Christ’s coming for His church. There is in fact more beyond for Christians. This week we will review the principles we learned Sunday about the power we have to change.
Ligon Duncan said, “You do what you are.” And according to 1 John 3, what we are is children of God. The Apostle John makes it clear that none of us have arrived spiritually, but we are definitely not what we were before Christ. In the last year what are some of the ways your life has become more like Christ?
Praise God for the changes He has made in your life. Thank Him that there are more blessings to come.