READ | 1 John 3:1-2

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.


Our identity as the beloved children of God is our reality and also it is our eternal hope. Because of this we are a mystery to the world, just as He is a mystery to the world. But one day the mystery will be solved for everyone, everywhere, when He returns, and we will all see Him in His glory. At that time, He will finally transform those who love Him into His glorious people who will actually become like Him.


Ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you about your identity that is established in Him and based upon your eternal hope. This is really a mystery so be prepared to learn something new about His glory and the glory He has in store for you. Also, ask Him to help you to be fully prepared for that moment of transformation, whenever it happens, either when you die or when He returns in glory.


Contributed by Bob Garrett, Spiritual Director