See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure. 1 John 3:1-3 (ESV)
Do you want to become like me? Yes Lord, I want to become like you. How do you want to become like me? I want to become like you in my thoughts. I want to become like you in my words. I want to become like you in my deeds. That is very good. You and I want the very same thing. I want you to become like me.
How do you think you will be able to become like me? I will never become like you by my own efforts. No, you will not. Only you can make me to be like you. That’s right. You started off making me to be like you on the day that you adopted me into your family. You made me to be your child. Yes, I did. A child always becomes like their parent. That’s true.
How do you think you will become more like me every day? That is a good question. I think I have a role and responsibility in becoming more like you. How so? I will become more like you as I spend time with you. I will become more like you as I draw near to you. I will become more like you as I am in your presence. I can’t spend time with you and remain unchanged. You will draw near to me as I draw near to you. Yes, I will. I can’t remain unchanged as I am in your presence. That’s right. So, your role and responsibility is to come to me. You need to make yourself available to me so that I can change your heart and mind and life. As I remain in your presence you will change everything about me. You will change the thoughts of my mind, the words of my mouth and the deeds of my life. Yes, I will.
When do you think I will finish my work? When will you be completely changed? Now, I see you in part. Now, I am being changed in part. One day, I will see you completely. Then I will be completely changed. That’s right. That is the hope I have in you. That is very good.
Lord, thank you for your love in making me to be your child. You loved me. Now, I love you. I know day by day you are changing me. You are making me to be like you in my thoughts, words and deeds. Keep on doing your work in me until I see you face to face. Amen
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