My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.
– 1 John 2:1-6
The first letter of John is one of my favorite books in the Bible. It is probably because I love how convicting John can be. For me I always grew up going to Church; I knew every answer to every question. You might say we were there every time the doors were open; however, my life honestly looked different. I knew the truth but was not living in it. I knew what the Bible said but I was not living by it… Until I read this passage in first John.
If you have not already done so, read the passage. Focus now on verse 6: How would you say you live your life daily? The same way in which He (Jesus) walked? Spend time now reflecting on your daily actions, do they reflect Jesus?
I believe this passage is especially important during these crazy and uncertain times. It serves as a great reminder of the way in which we ought to walk. If you are anything like me, being separated from community is hard. Going through the motions is especially easy now; however, John makes it clear we are to strive to keep God’s commandments, no matter the circumstances.
So my question for you today is: are you merely hearing the truth, or are you walking in it? It is very easy to sit back and listen to the online services, but are you walking in that same truth that is preached? Or are you letting COVID19 be an excuse to quit “walking in the same way in which he walked”? Close by spending time praying asking God to help you walk in truth.
Dear Heavenly Father, you are bigger than my circumstances. Help me to walk in the truth today, not just hear it. Amen