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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.

We are not the only Begotten Son of God as “Jesus” is the “only Begotten” Son of God. However we are created sons of God made in the image and likeness of God according to Genesis 1:26.

However reality is, for anyone who has any honesty at all, we are not just like Jesus. We still have thoughts that are unlike Jesus and we still have faults and make bad decisions sometimes. If we dwell on how many times we’ve come up short and missed the mark in our lives it would quickly defeat us and send us into depression. We human beings are so quick to look at and recognize the negative and ignore the positive. I’m convinced that if we only reversed the amount of time we spend focusing on the negative and overlooking the positive, we would be much farther down the road in our quest to be like Jesus.

It’s not that we are to ignore the negative. When negative comes our way, as it most surely will, we should acknowledge it, take it to Jesus and place it under His feet. Then wait to hear His voice and His judgement as to what He would have us to do with it.

The Bible said in 1 John 3:2 that, “when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” So we are changed by looking on Jesus. When the hard places and negative parts of my human nature rise to the surface, as they most assuredly do, I can be changed by looking on Jesus. Not by doing an extra good deed or by giving extra money to the church, although those are good things to do when the Lord directs us to do so. But the change comes when I spend time before the Lord in prayer, meditation, worship and reading His only Word.

Then after my own personal transformation before the Lord, I can humbly and gratefully walk among the people in my little corner of the world, displaying God’s magnificent and infinite love before others.