Calvin and Hobbes — by Bill Watterson
Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. (1 John 3:1–2, NIV 1984).
My Musing – How mysterious the workings of our God. We see their effect, but we do not always understand how or why they are caused. Beyond what He reveals to us in His Word and in nature, we can only surmise what He is really like.
But how incredible is it to know that “now,” not at some future point, we are His children? Then, at some future point, not now, “we shall be like Him.” Like Him, not the same as Him. “Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. (1 Corinthians 13:12, NIV 1984).
My Advice – In many respects, I am like my earthly father, but I am not the same as him. In fact, a very poor reflection of him. I can imitate, but not replicate. With respect to our Heavenly Father, we can imitate His Son (“who is the exact representation”), but in addition, the Holy Spirit can transform us. Let’s keep on imitating as the Holy Spirit transforms.