“If ye know that he (God) is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him” (1 John 2:29). Far more important it is to live more strongly in the power of God than it is to announce to the world how great and Godly you are. It is wonderful to know in our hearts that we are positionally in Christ as our Savior!

Our lives need to be more and more conformed to the truths we find in the Bible. We need to be recognized by our lives and not just our lips. Others need to see the joy of Jesus Christ living in us so that they may choose to have the same direction toward Heaven.

Righteousness to live truly for Christ more and more each day is a characteristic we need to have. Personal Bible reading, study, hearing and memorization is highly important for our progress toward eternity.

“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons (and daughters) of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not” (1 John 3:1). Accepting Christ into our hearts and lives is the way we may know God. So many folks today are trying to improve their lives and hopes without having Christ be the center of it all.

The more quickly we find Christ as personal Savior, the better it is. John is writing to say that if we have received Christ as our personal Savior, we do not expect to one day become the sons of daughters of God, but that in Christ we are truly that.

We are needing to take seriously the words that God puts here for our lives: “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he (Christ) is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).

Once we yield our heart and live to the truth of Christ, the more we can rejoice and daily thank God for that new life that needs daily to conform to the Father in Heaven. God has proven His wonderful love for us, in that He gave His Son’s life for whosoever would receive Christ. That love which God has given is the strongest motivating force we may have in life and death.

It is never fully understood why He would do all this for us who will receive Christ, but it is true. We should never get over it but move forward in life with Bible truth about it. John 5:24 records that Jesus promises: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.”

We need to make that decision of believing more strongly each day in Christ so that we might get to the point where we pass from death spiritually unto life eternally.

The moment we come to trust Christ in our hearts as personal Savior is the greatest blessing we can have in this life.

It is not difficult to yield and to obey that new decision. We are reborn into that life through faith and deep love for Christ. Paul writes in Philippians 2:12 and 13 for us to “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”

Once we receive Christ as our personal Savior, it is thrilling to desire and seek to please Him. The last verse that Peter writes in the Bible, 2 Peter 3:18, says: “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen.” One day, when Jesus comes again to take His children to Heaven out of their graves and their lives, then sin will have no power over us. We will then be with
the Lord forever.

Right now, a true Christian can say: “Beloved, now are we the sons (and daughters) 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). If you are like me, you are still working as a Christian believer. What we shall one day become when Jesus appears is thrilling.

However it takes place, it is going to be the work of Christ upon our lives. We shall then be like Him because we will see Him as He is! It will take the spiritual insight that can come only through Christ. The Spirit of God confirms to the hearts of real believers that they are saved.

All Christians should want to be further along with the things of Christ today in our lives. How patient He is with us! We can be so thankful that He is not through with working in the lives of His children. We then must not get discouraged in our lives because Jesus is yet to grow in us and perform more with us so that other can choose Him also, to be their eternal Savior.

Jesus sees what He is going to make out of us someday. Thankfully, when the day finally comes that He shall appear to take over His own, then “we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2b). He is going to bring His children up to full measure in order that we can be like Him. Amen!

R.D. “Bob” Hottle is a retired schoolteacher, farmer and pastor of the Anchor Baptist Church.