We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. - 1 John 3:2-3
On August 27, 1776, George Washington lost the battle of Long Island, also known as the Battle of Brooklyn. It was the largest battle of the Revolutionary War. However, Washington was outmaneuvered by General William Howe, and his troops were eventually driven completely out of New York through New Jersey into Pennsylvania. Never again during the war would the American troops occupy New York. After the defeat, Washington lost several thousand troops. They quit. They lost sight of the goal and gave up and went home. Their commander, however, never considered surrender because he knew that what he was fighting for was too great. Thus, Washington inspired his remaining men to continue fighting by reminding them that freedom from tyranny for them and their families was worth the battle.
1 John 3:3 reminds us of the reason we are fighting this fight of faith – a great reward awaits us in Heaven. No doubt, we may want to throw in the towel when trials mount. Life is too hard. But as we fix our hope on the return of Christ, as we look full in His wonderful face, “the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.” Keeping our hope fixed on Christ’s return purifies us. This keeps us from quitting, from giving up.
One day this difficult life for us will end and glory will begin. Just as George Washington knew the end victory was worth staying in the fight, so should we.
Heaven awaits. Stay strong, my friend.
Grace Community Church
Raleigh, North Carolina
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