1 John 3:2-3 (KJV) Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
Joke knew that she was not as close to the Lord as her younger sister even though both of them were born again and baptized in the Holy Spirit. There were times that when Joke really wanted to know the mind of the Lord concerning an issue, she would have to ask her sister to pray for her and seek the face of the Lord.
When she asked her sister the secret of her robust relationship with the Lord, she realized that it was because her sister spent more time with the Lord, and was more submissive to His authority.
It is true that it is during the resurrection that our real [unlimited, powerful and glorious] nature as sons of God will be revealed(Romans 8:23), but before the resurrection is when we would build our relationship with the Lord as His sons.
Even though in this body of flesh, we do not have the capacity to walk in the fulness of our nature as sons of God, we already have the privilege to walk in fellowship with God as sons of God. During this time we spend in this body of flesh, we have the privilege of knowing God and becoming very close to Him. Those who would be closest to the Lord during His millennial reign are those who built fellowship and commitment to him in spite of the limitations of the flesh now. They would just continue that fellowship at a higher level.
One thing we would no longer be able to experience after the resurrection is the fellowship of his suffering(Phillipians 3:10). But know that it is those that suffer [with Him] that will reign with Him (see 2 Timothy 2:12).
Anytime you are inconvenienced, insulted, mistreated [and refuse to retaliate], persecuted, because of the testimony of Jesus Christ, it is recorded in heaven that you are suffering for and with Christ. Any inconvenient situation you endure that you wouldn’t have endured if you did not belong to Christ, is recorded as suffering for and with Christ.
Go into today remembering that you are a son of God even now. Relate with God that way. Grow in the knowledge of God as much as you can now because the knowledge of God you have now will stay with you for all eternity.
Prayer: Lord, help me never forget that I am your son. Help me walk in the reality and power of sonship. Amen.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi
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