Beloved, we are God's children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. (1 John 3:2 NRSV)
There is an old Jewish story of a mad prince. This prince believed himself to be a turkey. He would scratch around, naked, on the ground, picking up bread crumbs under the table. The court physicians tried everything they could to cure him, but all in vain. Finally, a little old man stepped forward. "Let me do it my way," he said. The prince's father, the king, in despair, accepted his offer.

The little old man at once undressed and went under the table himself. He then started behaving like a turkey. Suddenly the prince had a friend. For a while the two of them behaved this way--like turkeys underneath the table. Then the little old man had two pair of trousers brought. "Why are you putting on trousers?" the prince asked in astonishment. "One can quite easily wear trousers and still be a turkey," answered the old man. So the prince also put on a pair of trousers. After a time the same thing happened with two shirts: "Anyone can wear a shirt and still be a turkey," explained the old man. Little by little, without the old man ever questioning the young prince's behavior, he led the prince to a type of behavior more in keeping with human reality. More time passed, and the little old man invited the prince to sit at the table to eat: "One can eat at the table and still be a turkey," he explained. Finally, the prince forgot all about being a turkey. He began to think and act like a prince.

Jesus came to take away our sin, so we could be God's children.

Lord Jesus, please forgive me of my secret sins, and help me to be more fully a child of God. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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