For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. (1 Cor 13:12)
When reading the obituary of a celebrity, have you ever noticed that the wealth, fame, and success of the dead can only last a short span of this life? Death is the end of a life and also the beginning of another life. When we don’t know Jesus Christ, we make choices as though this life were all we had. In reality, this life is just the introduction to eternity. Therefore, we need to evaluate things from an eternal perspective.
The apostle Paul reveals that one day we will be complete when we see God face to face. This truth should strengthen our faith – we don’t have all the answers now, but then we will. Someday we will see Jesus Christ in person and be able to see with God’s perspective.
Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. (1 Jn 3:2-3)
A Christian’s life is a process of becoming more and more Christ-like. This Christ-like process (Rom 8:29) will not be complete until we see Him face to face, but knowing that it is our ultimate goal should motivate us to purify ourselves and live more and more like Christ each day.
When Jesus returns, we will see Him face to face. The Day of Judgment is the final day when we will appear before Jesus Christ and be held accountable for our lives. Will we be confident and unashamed before Him at His second coming? We can be confident if in this life we love God and one another and have learned to be more like Jesus.
Do you spend more of your time piling up earthly possessions or striving to develop Christ-like qualities? We should put our confidence in what is lasting and eternal. Our safety and security are in God. If we experience joy in our relationship with Jesus Christ now, how much greater will our joy be when He returns and we see Him face to face. Such a hope should motivate us to serve God with great commitment and to strive to develop Christ-like characteristics.