Collect for the Thursday after the first Sunday in Advent

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

I John 3:1-3, Hope compels Christoformity

I John 3: 1-3,(NLT)

1 See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him. 2 Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is.

3 And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure.

John encourages believers to recognize the eager, confident expectation (hope) of Christ’s return. This should encourage an active process of Trinitarian involvement that creates in us Christoformity. This is understood by verse 2c, … “that we shall be like him” and the encouragement to continued purification. The happens through two areas of involvement: personal communion with the Trinity, ( devotions) and community communion with the people of God,( church involvement).

Put down the Social Media

This active involvement is not using social media to find the latest sign of the fulfillment of end time prophecy. It is the relational process of love and obedience to the Trinity. This will produce in us Christ likeness.