READ : 1 John 2:29
1 John 3:1-10
A story from Persia tells of a hunchbacked prince. Determined to change his deformity he had a statue made of himself as a tall young man, standing straight with ideal posture. Each day he stood before the statue, wanting to be like it. Eventually he succeeded.
In the classic short story, “The Great Stone Face,” the well-known author Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote of Ernest who lived in the White Moun- tains of New Hampshire. Every day he stared at a rock formation which can still be seen: “The Old Man of the Mountain.” Eventually, because he looked at it so much and admired it, Ernest came to resemble the “Old Man.”
God’s goal for each believer is to make him or her resemble Jesus Christ. And what better image to imitate than that of the One who never sinned, who always did the Father’s will, and who put the welfare of others ahead of His own?
This remodeling is a lifelong process and, although we do not want to sin (see vv. 6 and 9), there are times when we slip. But God keeps on working. Do we welcome His renovation or are we fighting the crowbar, hammer and paintbrush of His Spirit?
“O to be like You! blessed Redeemer, this is my constant longing and prayer; Gladly I’ll forfeit all of earth’s treasures, Jesus, Your perfect likeness to wear…. Come in Your sweetness, come in Your fullness; stamp Your own image deep on my heart.”