And everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself just as he is pure. That is, the hope of Jesus’ return. (1 John 3:3)
Pastor John’s Notes:
Jesus Christ has promised he will return, and soon. So what is our response? Can we honestly say that we would celebrate his immediate return? If we secretly hope that Jesus’ return would be delayed then we are still in love with the world. In contrast, if we would be happy for his immediate return, this means that we have been liberated from the love of the world. We are then ready to live fully as citizens of the kingdom of God. The Apostle John writes that when we truly hope for Jesus’ return, this hope begins to purify our soul. Such a great hope cannot be isolated from the rest of our soul, but has an impact on every part. Each day, we should spend a few moments and remember Jesus’ promise to return. As we do so, our hope will grow and have a stronger influence on the rest of our being.
Lord Jesus Christ, thank you for the promise of your return. Help me each day to put my hope in your promise. Let this hope grow within me, and have a purifying effect on my soul. When you return, may you find me ready and waiting, fully prepared for your eternal kingdom.