May 9, 2022
“We know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself.”
1 John 3:2-3
It is rare to find believers who nail their sin to the cross, desiring, like the apostle John, to lean upon the breast of Christ. It is rare to find believers who abandon themselves, like the apostle Paul, to be caught up into a third heaven; believers who wish, like Mary, to sit at the feet of the Lord. These are the ones who purify themselves that they might draw closer to the Lord and feel His heartbeat. Such people have put sin behind them.
There are precious rewards for those who sit close to self-scrutiny and cut away every sin that entangles. Such a person possesses a livelier, more buoyant expectancy of seeing the Lord face-to-face. Everyone who purifies himself has this hope, and everyone who possesses this hope, purifies himself.
As Bishop Ryle once wrote, “Heaven is a holy place. Its inhabitants are holy. Its occupations are holy. To be happy in heaven, it stands to reason we must be prepared for it. Our hearts must be somewhat in tune, somewhat ready for it.”
Of all the things that will surprise us when we see Christ face-to-face, this, I believe, will surprise us most: that we did not love Christ more before we died.
Is it possible to hold onto sinful habits while at the same time hold the nail-scarred hands of Christ? We cannot consciously clutch sins we know to be offensive and at the same moment express sincere gratitude to our Savior for bearing our sins.
Lord of Heaven, I desire to be like You and so I put away sins in my life that separate us. Today, please help me get my heart in tune with heaven.
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- DAILY MANNA
- NEWS FEED
- PARTNER PROGRAM
- PRAYER GUIDE
- PRAYER SECTION
- PROPHETIC DECLARATION OF THE MONTH
- THE VESSEL PRAYER FORUM