In this world?
Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. 1 John 4:17
I struggle with this verse. We have boldness on judgement day because as He is, so are we. I’m ok with that. One day when I stand before God, Jesus will step in and be my advocate/representative. Wait a minute. He’s my advocate now, right? We read back in 1 John 2:1 that Jesus is our advocate before the Father right now. So again, I can totally believe this. My issue comes with the last part that says. . . so are we in this world. I’m not like Him in this world. I’m not perfect, I’m not sinless and I’m not glorified. Yet, His love was perfected in me at the point of my salvation. Also, according to Ephesians 5:5 & 6 I was raised up together with Him and sit together with Him in heavenly places. So, why is it so hard for me to grasp that I am like Him in this world? I have the same Holy Spirit living on the inside of me. I have the same Heavenly Father that He has.
I guess it comes down to the fact that I still don’t see me the way He sees me. I still look at all my inadequacies. I still see all my imperfections and I still know all my selfish ways. But that’s not what my Father sees. He sees me redeemed, He sees me loved and He sees me made new. If one of us has the wrong view, I’m pretty sure it’s me.
Here’s my solution. I am learning to look at myself from my Heavenly Father’s perspective. First of all, when my Heavenly Father looks at me, He sees someone that He gave His only Son to die for. That makes me precious in His eyes. Next, He sees me as someone raised up with Christ Jesus as a brand new creation. That means I’m seated next to Him in heavenly places. Then He sees me as His own dear child that He protects and nurtures. Therefore, He doesn’t let anyone say or think anything evil of me. The bottom line? I guess it is true, as Jesus is a precious, raised up and sitting in heavenly places child of God, so am I. Even in this world!
Today I want to encourage you to take time to look at yourself the way God does. Begin to renew your mind to who you have become now that you are in Christ Jesus. Look for scriptures on who you are now that you are in the body of Christ and ask your Heavenly Father to show you something new each day about who you are to Him personally. He is not some far away Father that has gone off on a long business trip. He is here every day with you, and He wants you to know just how precious you really are to Him.
Today’s scripture reading: 1 John 4:17-19