1 John 3:1-3
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 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, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.
Our Initiative “Bold Faith III – Living Hope” comes to an end, but living hope does not! We look forward to what God is going to do in us and through us! We look forward to the fulfillment of all the promises we have meditated upon this month. Today’s promise…
But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure. 1 John 3:2
What a great hope this is! Our hope of truly being like Christ will one day be fulfilled. We will have pure thoughts, pure motives, pure words, and pure actions. How glorious that day will be.
In the meantime, are you allowing the Lord to purify you? You must commit yourself to a pattern of thinking and living that is godly. Today, choose to stay away from things that cause your thinking patterns to be ungodly. Even if you are in an environment that is foul, insert into your mind the promises that will help your thoughts, words, and actions to be pure. A day is coming when everything about you will be pure, as He is pure. We have this living hope.
The new front loading washing machines have technology in them. It is no longer the simple back and forth motion of the previous generation of washers. The multiple motions are used to more effectively purify, to get the dirt out! The multiple promises from God combined with a humble repentant heart and applied to our ‘light and momentary troubles’ will stir our minds to produce in us a purity that makes us Christlike.
We have this living hope. It is a sure thing.
Also, our ‘Living Hope’ gives us strength for the most trying circumstances. The hope found in many of the negro spirituals came from a hope in God that was produced through the pressures of injustice. He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands, Beams Of Heaven, In Bright Mansion’s Above, Swing Low Sweet Chariot and so many more look forward to the surety of the promises of God’s Word. Our hope gives us strength.
Therefore, hope is not simply a wish… it is a living hope in the living God.
“…we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.”