“Here and now we are God’s children. We don’t know what we shall become in the future. We only know that, if reality were to break through, we should reflect his likeness, for we should see him as he really is!.” (I John 3: 2, J.B. Phillips New Testament)
This is a future promise and at the same time a very present assurance.
It may seem that we are constantly seeking a truer and more complete sense of God—of Life and goodness and peace. We yearn to feel better about who we are and to experience contentment in ourselves and with others. John’s message offers us a hope of this deeper awareness. But it also reminds us at the very outset that this hope is already fulfilled, ready, at hand.
Here and now we are God’s children. We are never going to be God’s children more than we already are. We are conceived by Him and designed to absolutely express His purpose, His Life, His continuity of good. We may not always see ourselves clearly, but that doesn’t stop the fact that this is who we are—the beloved ideas of a loving God, made in His image and likeness and built to thrive.
Our grand work of life, then, is discovery. It is each day seeking and finding out a little bit more about God, and by doing so seeing ourselves better as well. We are, in fact, pursuing our true purpose in this; for we are coming progressively to know divine Love more deeply, more purely, more truly, and recognizing this powerful living Love as our very substance, our being, our joy, and our glory!
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