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. 1 John 3:2.
Can any earthly promotion confer honor equal to this—to be sons of God, children of the heavenly King, members of the royal family? … The nobility of earth are but men; they die, and return to dust; and there is no lasting satisfaction in their praise and honor. But the honor that comes from God is lasting. To be heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, is to be entitled to unsearchable riches—treasures of such value that in comparison with them the gold and silver, the gems and precious stones of earth, sink into insignificance.
To have fellowship with the Father and His Son Jesus Christ is to be ennobled and elevated, and made a partaker of joys unspeakable and full of glory. Food, clothing, station, and wealth may have their value; but to have a connection with God and to be a partaker of His divine nature is of priceless value. Our lives should be hid with Christ in God; and although it “doth not yet appear what we shall be,” “when Christ, who is our life, shall appear,” “we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” The princely dignity of the Christian character will shine forth as the sun, and the beams of light from the face of Christ will be reflected upon those who have purified themselves even as He is pure. The privilege of becoming sons of God is cheaply purchased, even at the sacrifice of everything we possess, be it life itself.
When John in his mortal state beheld the glory of God, he fell as one dead; he was not able to endure the sight. But when the children of God shall have put on immortality, they will “see him as he is.” They will stand before the throne, accepted in the Beloved. All their sins have been blotted out, all their transgressions borne away. Now they can look upon the undimmed glory of the throne of God. They have been partakers with Christ in His sufferings, they have been workers together with Him in the plan of redemption, and they are partakers with Him in the joy of seeing souls saved in the kingdom of God, there to praise God through all eternity.
Maranatha p. 349
Prayer Requests
—–Please pray for Eileen. She had an appointment with a neurologist Friday and he ordered an MRI to be done the next day. Today she finds out the result. Rose
Dear Friends,
When my children were little, they liked to help me no matter what is was
I was doing. It gave them so much joy when I would thank them for their
help. When they were very little their help was more of a hindrance, but
I knew that they were helping out of their love for me. As we would
work together, I would tell them stories or we would sing. Often we
would make our work into a game by pretending various things. When
Ronnie Jay, my sunshine boy because of his happy smile, grew old enough
to do work for a church member, he would make the work into a game. That way the work did not seem so hard. The church member thought his little games were so cute.
When Jesus was here on earth, He did not spend His time in selfish ease, nor did He play games to pass His time here. His He walked through the land healing the sick and preaching the gospel to the poor. He said,”I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.” John 5:30 He considered doing God’s will of greater benefit than his necessary food.
After He led the woman at the well to Him, the disciples came back and
urged Him to eat; but as He saw her leading the people out of the town to
meet Him, He would not eat. There was work to do. He said, “I have meat
to eat that ye know not of. Therefore said the disciples one to another,
Hath any man brought him ought to eat? Jesus saith unto them, My meat is
to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. John 4:32-34
As we work for the Master, do we enjoy His fellowship? Do we do His
bidding because of our great love for Him? Is He first in our lives?
This is His desire for us. David said, “As the hart panteth after the
water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth
for God, for the living God:” Ps 42:1,2
May this be our experience.
May we have such great love for our Saviour that we lose sight of self
and our wishes and focus on Him and His goodness. How He longs to work
through us. How He desires us to have a closer walk with Him on the path
to Heaven. God’s promise is, “And ye shall seek me, and find me,
when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” May we find Him today.
May we be led by His Spirit. May we soon hear Him say, “Well done, thou
good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I
will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy
lord.” Matt 25:21

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