1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 3 And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure." 1 John 3:1-3
I think that we won’t really understand what it means to be God’s child, completely adopted, until we are standing before him. To fully grasp the concept of becoming the daughter of the Only King means to fully grasp my royalty as well- because to be the sons and daughters of a king makes us princes and princesses.
John says that not only do we not see ourselves correctly ("What we will be has not yet appeared"), we also don't see God correctly. Although in verse two he says that someday, “We shall see him as he is.”
I love that John talks about this, because it makes me think of the transfiguration of Jesus in Matthew 17, which the Bible says John attended. Maybe John is saying that we don’t see God as he is because he has seen God, even if only for a glimpse, the way we will see him in heaven.
“And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2 And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light.” (Matthew 17:1-2)
The Bible says that Jesus transfigured means his face shone like the sun, and his clothes were blinding pure light. Don't skip over that, or ignore it just because it sounds familiar- that is amazing.
If we are God’s children, maybe that kind of love does something amazing to us, too. Maybe Jesus won’t be the only one shining, clothes pure and blinding white. Maybe because we are God’s children, we’ll be that way, too. When John talks about how what we will be has not yet appeared, maybe it's because we are made to look like God, and although we get closer every day, we won't truly look like the princes and princesses we are until the end.
My prayer today is that God would help us see the royalty that he designed us to be. Would he give us glimpses of the him that we cannot yet see or understand, and would he give us glimpses of ourselves in the same way.