See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him. 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. And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure. 1 John 3:1-3 (NLT)
Do you want to become like me? Do you want to speak like I spoke? Do you want to think like I thought? Do you want to act like I acted? Do you want to go where I went? Do you want to do what I did? Do you want to live like I lived? I am positive about two things. Such as? I do want to become like you. That is the highest and most passionate desire I have within me. I want nothing more than to become like you. In fact, it is the prayer of my heart that you will fan that flame of desire within me. Make it my earnest expectation that I will become like you in all that I think, and say, and do. Purify that desire within me. Burn out anything in my life that is not like you. That is quite a prayer. That is a good desire. You said that there were two things of which, you are positive. Yes, I did. You have only mentioned one. I am positive that I have no idea what the implications are of my desire, and prayer, and eager expectation, of becoming like you. What do you have in mind? I have no idea where you will lead me. I have no idea of what you will ask of me. I have no idea of how you will change my heart, transform my mind, and guide my life so that day by day, I will become more like you. You know far more than you recognize at the moment. What do you have in mind? You know the goal. What is the goal? You tell me. My goal, and your goal, are for me to become more like you every day, as I love and follow and serve you. You know who to follow. Yes, I will follow you to where you lead me and do what you ask of me. I will follow your example. I will think and speak and act like you. I will love like you love. I will give like you gave. I will serve like you served. You know the result of your living your life with and for me. Yes, one day I will fully become like you when I see you as you are. Yes, you will. Does this hope, does this eager expectation, spur you on? Do you have any doubts about my ability to help you to become more like me every day, as you follow me? Do you have any doubts about your becoming fully like me as you see me as I am? No, I do not. Then live with this hope and eager expectation in you. Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, it is my desire to become like you. I want to think, speak, and act like you. Change my heart, transform my mind, and guide my life. Help me to live as you lived and do what you did. Help me to fully live as a child of God. Fan the flame of this desire in me. Amen
Key Question… How is your eager expectation that you will become like Christ transforming everything about you?
Living It Out… Eagerly expect that Christ will make you more like Him now and fully like Him in the future when you see Him.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that you will become more like Christ now and fully like Him in the future when you see Him.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are becoming more like Christ as you love and follow Him.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you become like Christ as you continue to love, follow, and serve Him.
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