Our verse for today comes from John 14:3, ” And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. “
In fourteen days, my wife and I will take my son to college. In many ways, the past eighteen years have been a prelude to that upcoming Wednesday. Approximately 162,744 hours will have been spent in some way nurturing and preparing him for his life as an adult. And now he will be pursuing his passions, setting his course, following God’s direction into manhood. And though he will be living a few hours away, his home will still be back here. Though he will be going away, there will still be a place prepared for him with his family. And when he returns, nothing will get in the way of receiving him to myself. No one will take my place, and no manner will suffice short of a deep, warm embrace. It’s the joy of eighteen years that makes the separation so hard. But it’s the pain of separation that makes the anticipation of reunion so sweet. In John’s first epistle, he reminded us that we are now children of God, and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be. That tells me that as incredible as it is to be a child of God, something even better awaits us. And John could only express it as being like Jesus once He is revealed to us. Then, we shall see Him as He is and finally be the person He saved us to be.
I expect my son to be very different after he graduates from college. But I also expect him to be much the same. Now, he is my child. Then, he will still be my child, but also a whole lot more. More educated, certainly. But more importantly, I pray he will be more like Christ. John said that everyone with the hope of one day seeing Jesus as He is will purify himself just as He is pure. That is the change that I desire for my son, and it should be what we desire for ourselves. As we anticipate being welcomed by our Savior Himself, who sacrificed all He had for our redemption, we should long to be like Him, even as we desire to be with Him. So pray for purity, and purify yourself from whatever would not be welcomed in His home.
As we seek Him today, let the anticipation of eternity with Jesus move you to begin living that way now.
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