Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure. –1 John 3:3
Hey you! Are you tired of getting sand kicked in your face? Are you tired of being the laughing stock of all the cute girls on the beach? If so, then it’s time that you took matters in your own hands. It’s time you talked to Charles Atlas. He’ll make a man out of you!
You’ve seen the ads in comic books and magazines. Maybe you’ve even been tempted to send off for the course materials so that you could stop people from kicking sand in your face. (Go ahead. Nod your head. Nobody’s watching.)
As a result of my lengthy research–three minutes with Google–I have discovered that Charles Atlas has been selling his “Dynamic-Tension” fitness course since 1929. Actually, Atlas himself died in 1972, but the company he founded loves on, almost eighty years later. That makes Charles Atlas, Ltd. a longer-lived company than KFC, McDonalds, K-Mart, or Microsoft. Apparently they must offer something of value or they wouldn’t have survived this long. While the Atlas course might not make you the “World’s most perfectly developed man,” as Charles Atlas was supposed to be, it’s just about got to do something positive. While it might have started off with a wish and a prayer of 97-pound weaklings, that wouldn’t keep it going for eighty years.
How much more, then does the promise of being transformed into the likeness of Christ give us hope. That’s the hope, mentioned in verse 2, that John refers back to in today’s verse. Everyone who has that hope works toward their own purification. Although John doesn’t say it, doesn’t it stand to reason that if we are not working to purify ourselves then we have lost sight of that hope, the hope of being a new creation.
Lately, I’ve lost sight of my physical self. After eating better and exercising regularly for nearly a year, I sort of forgot what I was doing it for. The same can happen for a believer. It’s important that we keep the blessing of our new creation in Christ and the hope of our utter transformation upon his return before us each day. Then we’ll live up to the promise. We won’t be 97-pound spiritual weaklings any longer.