WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14
“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. And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as He is pure.”
1 John 3:2-3 (NLT2)
I CAN CHANGE BECAUSE GOD’S DESIRES ARE NOW IN ME
The story goes that after an evening out, some parents returned home to their children, whom they had left with the babysitter. They were pleasantly surprised to find the kids fast asleep. When the sitter had been paid–just as she was walking out the door–she communicated this detail: “Oops-almost forgot to tell you. I promised the kids that if they would stay in bed, you would take them to Disneyland tomorrow.”
Jesus promised to return and it wasn’t an empty promise. He could come back at any moment and we want to be ready for His return. God places a hope, desire and expectation for the return of Christ that motivates and empowers believers. 1 John 3 teaches that Jesus is going to return and all of us who are God’s children have an internal “eager expectation” that motivates holy living.
One of the evidences that we belong to Jesus is that we want to be like Him. Believers don’t live holy lives to prove they are children of God, but they live holy lives because they are children of God. We don’t go to church because we have to but because we want to be around God’s family. We don’t read the Bible because we have to but because we want to hear from God. We don’t pray because we are supposed to but because we have a relationship with God and want to have conversations with Him.
Praise God for the promise of His return. Thank Him for the motivation to live a Holy life in anticipation of that day!