28 And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.
29 If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him.
1 How great is the 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.
2 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.
3 Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure.
When was the last time you waited in a really long line?
Was it for a roller coaster ride in peak season? A purchase on Black Friday? What did you do to pass the time while you waited? Whistle a tune? People watch? Who are we kidding?!
If you had a smartphone on you, you know what you did to pass the time!
We live in a fast-paced culture in which we don’t like to wait for information, food, or anything else. Contrary to this on-demand world, a big component of the life of the Christian is waiting for the sure and certain return of Jesus Christ.
But our waiting for Him is far from passive; in fact, because we are certain Jesus is coming back, John wrote that we must remain in Christ and remember His love until His return.
The word translated “remain” in verse 28 can also be translated “abide.”
It’s a term that emphasizes the constant connection the Christian should have with Jesus. Remaining or abiding is what we do while we wait for Jesus’ return.
Because of His patience (that is, His waiting),God has not yet sent Jesus back to the earth. Because He has not yet returned, people have the luxury of viewing Jesus however their minds lead them.
But when He returns, there will be no doubt as to His true identity and glory.
- What are you doing during this season of your life in order to remain in Christ while you wait for His final return?
- How are you reminding yourself of Christ’s love? How can you serve as a reminder for other people of that love?
Thank God for the promised return of Jesus, and ask Him to help you live for Him today, in the meantime.