Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is.” vs. 2

1 John 3:1-3

Much to our chagrin, many of us have discovered that as we grow older, we begin to resemble our parents. In fact, it’s not unusual for a person who has known our father or mother, and who then meets us, to immediately comment on the similarity in facial features or even mannerisms. Whether we like it or not, our genes are constantly at work to make the old proverb come true, “an apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” John probably was aware of this truth, and used it to offer a word of hope to his readers. He tells them that as God’s children we don’t know exactly how life will play out. But he does believe that ultimately we will grow into the image and likeness of God. In other words, we will become what we have been created to be. Since we have God’s DNA embedded in our souls from birth, we will still have that DNA when we breathe our last breath. It’s inevitable, and that truth should be a great consolation as we live out our earthly lives. Even if we’re at the awkward stage of our spiritual growth, kind of gawky and unremarkable, one day we will be like God. That’s something to look forward to!

Thought for the Day: What physical characteristics did my genes give me?


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