THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
Two little boys, John and Jim entered the first grade.
John was tall and thin.
Jim was short and squatty.
John was redheaded; Jim was blackheaded.
The teacher was having a "stand up and tell us your name time."
When it became John's turn, he stood up and said, "My name is John, this is my brother Jim. One of us is adopted.
But we can't remember which one."
1 John 3:2
Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
Now that's a great testimony to brotherhood when two boys don't remember which is adopted!
When a person is "born again," by grace through faith in Christ, he IS an adopted "son of God." (John 1:12)
Today, in the flesh, the "born again" Christian is still wearing robes of flesh that are somewhat dirty with sin.
We do still carry the innate characteristics of Adam.
(Keep in mind, they should not be FILTHY with sin!)
But one day, that Christian will wear robes of glory given to him/her by Christ Himself.
We do not yet appear as "we shall be;" but we should appear to be similar to our Lord.
And the Christian has this assurance: "but we KNOW that, when HE shall appear, we shall be LIKE Him!"
When Christ comes to take His adopted children to Himself, we shall "know Him even as also I (we) am (are) known" (1Cor. 13:12).
We will "see Him as He is!"
And Christ shall robe us in His righteousness!
Today I carry double emotion about my life in Christ.
I carry shame because I am still a sinner.
My heart grieves because I do not always represent my Lord as the ambassador I should be.
But I also carry elation because I know that one day, Christ will make me like Him!
The crown I receive shall not be given because of my earning capacity, but because of His willing adoption!
The sin and shame keep me striving.
The knowledge of one day being like my Lord, keeps me assured.
Lord, help me this day to live in the knowledge of my shame to keep me humble;
and to live in the knowledge of full adoption that I may be bold for Your glory!