1Jn 3:2 NIV “We shall be like him.”
Let every parent of a Down syndrome or wheelchair-boundchild write these words on the bedroom wall. Let the disabled, infected,bedridden, and anemic put themselves to sleep with the promise: “We shall belike Him.” Let amputees and the atrophied take this promise to heart: “We shallbe like Him.” We shall graduate from this version of life into His likeness.You’ll have a spiritual body. In your current state your unregenerated fleshbattles your regenerated spirit. Your eyes look where they shouldn’t. Yourtaste buds desire the wrong drinks. Your heart knows you shouldn’t be anxious,but your mind still worries. Can’t you relate to Paul’s confession? “I trulydelight in God’s commands, but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins inthat delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, theytake charge” (Ro 7:22-23 TM). In heaven your “parts” will no longer rebel. Yournew body will be a spiritual body, with every part cooperating toward one end.Joni Eareckson Tada, who’s been confined to a wheelchair since age seventeen,says: “I can’t wait to be clothed in righteousness, without a trace of sin.True, it’ll be wonderful to stand, stretch, and reach to the sky, but it’ll bemore wonderful to offer praise that’s pure. I won’t be crippled bydistractions, disabled by insincerity. I won’t be handicapped byhalfheartedness. My heart will join with others and bubble over witheffervescent adoration. We’ll finally be able to fellowship fully with theFather and the Son. For me, this will be the best part of heaven.” The word foryou today is: “We shall be like Him.”
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