“When he [Jesus] shall appear, we shall be like him;” (1 John 3:2).
There is a term sculptors use to describe the ability to look at a rough piece of stone and see it in its final, perfected form. It is called “hyperseeing.”
Gutzon Borglum’s housekeeper captured the concept in her own quaint way when Borglum took her to Mt. Rushmore for the first time and she gazed up at the massive faces of the four presidents he had sculpted there: “Mr. Borglum,” she gasped, “How did you know Mr. Lincoln was in that rock?”
That quality—hyperseeing—is found first in God. He sees all that we are and more: He sees what we shall be when he has completed his work and we stand before him, holy and without blemish: the “splitting image” of Jesus.[i] The God who started this great work in you “will keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Jesus Christ appears!” [ii]
God will not be denied! He has such a longing for our perfection that nothing can or will remain an obstacle until he has finished the work he began long ago...
If only we will put ourselves in his hands.
Doubt whispers, ‘Thou art such a blot;
He cannot love poor thee.’
If what I am He lovest not,
He loves what I shall be.