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I Want to Be Finished

But if anyone obeys his word, God's love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. 1 John 2:5-6

How many times have I heard people say, "God will never be finished with us in this lifetime?" It is encouraging to hear a man in his eighties speak these words, for while we are in the body, we will always be imperfect. My imperfections and failures remind me that I am part of the human condition. I am not alone in my frailty.

But sometimes - I want it now.

I want to be past the point of no return - past the point where evil desires cross into righteousness.

Am I saying that I want to be done with this life? That I am ready for heaven?

Well... yes.

Am I saying that I want my life to be over?

No.

John tells us how we can be made complete, how we can be made perfect, how we can be finished: to obey God's word - to live in Christ.

Yet how do we know we live in Christ? Because we act like Him. We walk as He did. We conduct our lives as He did.

Does this mean we should start hanging around with a group of outcasts - fishermen, tax collectors, sinners? Well... maybe. It means we start living with real people - people who are unafraid to show their frailties. It means we start living a life that is so real that others are attracted to the light that shines within us.

It means that when others see us, they see Jesus.

What did Jesus say? If one had seen Him, meaning Himself, he had seen the Father. Jesus lived in the Father, just as John challenges us to live in Christ. And despite his deity, Jesus was a man. If He could do it, so can we.

Lord, I truly want to abide in You. Soon the world is going to encroach - it already is, and I need You in order to survive it. Help me today to obey the Word. Help me today to walk as You did. Tomorrow can worry about itself.

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