Day 27 – O TO BE LIKE THEE
Today’s thought is shared by Dana Hutson…
“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. (1 John 3:2-3 )
Transformation or change is all around us. In fact, you could say transformation is a part of life and often encouraged. For example, there have been television shows where average women and men are given “makeovers”. They receive new haircuts, maybe a different hair color, and makeup for her that matches her color wheel” The Before and After pictures are proudly displayed side by side so we can see the amazing transformation from frumpy to fabulous. God shows us with his World how beautiful and unique transformations can be. A tadpole becomes a frog, a caterpillar becomes a butterfly, a seed becomes a flower or food, and leaves change color, fall to the ground, and new leaves grow. I know there are many more you could list too. God also tells us with his Word how beautiful and unique transformation can be. We are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14) and experience our own transformation in Christ. Saul became Paul (Acts 9), the Philippian jailer is converted (Acts 16:26), the one leper, out of ten who were healed, returned to give praise to God (Luke 17:12-19) are just a few examples we read about. The common thread which runs through these stories is faith. Jesus tells the leper in Luke 17, “Your faith has made you well.” Think about your own transformation from lost to found. How did your faith play a part in your salvation? Like Saul we were blind but now we see thanks to God’s amazing grace. 1 John 3 says we are God’s children now. We are to be imitators of God, as beloved children (Eph. 5:1) so that the world can see Jesus when it see us. Hebrews 5:12-6:1 speaks of our need for solid food versus milk as we become mature Christians. Let us strive to live for God each day and when Christ is revealed to us we will become like him. And oh what a transformation That will be!
Dear God, Thank you for the many ways you show me your transforming power in nature & your word. I pray they will always be reminders of your love for me & your desire for me to be more like you. In Jesus Name, Amen.