15 As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness:
I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.
Imagine awaking and being just like Jesus. It would be like awakening from a bad dream during a thunderstorm to find the sun is shining and all is right with the world. No more struggling to be like Him; I WOULD be like Him.
I would finally be satisfied with myself, because I would embody love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness and self-control. I would be free from the power of sin over my life. I would be in unbroken fellowship and communication with God. I would see God as He truly is, not as through a mirror dimly. I would also understand the big picture of His plan, and not get upset when things don’t go as I had thought they should happen.
I see little glimpses of what I will be like while still in this present life. I have flashes of love, patience and goodness, and occasionally even self-control. Much of my dissatisfaction in life stems from my disappointment with myself and my ability to do what I know is right. The other dissatisfaction comes when people and God don’t do what I want them to do. If I was like Jesus, I would have an accurate perspective, so I wouldn’t get so warped out of shape with others so often.
This is the prize for which Paul pressed forward – to be like Jesus. This is what was meant by everything working for our good – we would be conformed into His image. This is why the race is run, and why the great crowd of witnesses is cheering us on.
And the best part is that one day, we WILL be like Him, and it won’t be a dream. It is a PROMISE.