” If we obey what God has told us to do, then we are sure that we know him. If we say we know God but do not obey his commands, we are lying. The truth is not in us. But when we obey God’s teaching, his love is truly working in us. This is how we know that we are living in him. If we say we live in God, we must live the way Jesus lived. “
1 Jn. 2:3-6 ERV
Well, it really doesn’t get any more straight forward than that. Like usual, I am constantly reminded that the Bible was not created for the purpose of playing games with anyone of us, and here’s why.
We all too often behave as if we are unaware of what God wants us to do. As human beings our mind somehow goes blank when we are put in the same situations that are foreshadowed in the Bible. But why does that happen? Is it because we do not know God’s word or is it because we choose to ignore God’s word? Regardless of which side we’re on, both sides are at risk of potentially not knowing God.
No matter what our excuses are for not listening and producing fruit, none of it will stand come judgement day. The Bible directly tells us of how we should act, feel and treat other people, so acting contrary of that is an infraction. Refusing to forgive someone… is an infraction. Not loving your neighbor as you love yourself… is an infraction. Taking something that belongs to your neighbor and then finding a reason to justify it… is an infraction. So why do we find it easier and more pleasurable to obey pastors, military officials and employers, but find it hard to follow God’s orders when he tells us to do something. But how do you know if God is giving you a task you might ask?
Well for me, He lays it on my heart. I remember one Sunday during membership class for my church, I happen to have sat at a table with a woman I had never seen or met before but all of a sudden took notice of her. She looked somewhat bothered as she tried her hardest to focus on what the speaker was trying to convey to us. Despite many efforts, my eyes would not stop looking in her direction. I was filled with curiosity as to what was making her spirit so blue. Then the thought of going over to talk to her crossed my mind but of course, I quickly dismissed it. The thought came back again and I immediately waved it off. But as the class was coming to an end, the urge to speak to her before she left got heavier and heavier until it overcame me and I forced myself to say hello.
I had no idea that she was struggling with her purpose or that my interaction with her would lead to her finding it out LITERALLY the next morning. I didn’t really want to talk to her, but I did. I didn’t have to give her my number, but I gave it to her any way. The last time I heard from her was when she called me the next morning to tell me that she had discovered her purpose on her way to work. However, that conversation would not have ever came about if I had ignored God’s will for me to talk to her the day before. The blessing that came from our interaction was by no means one-sided. The woman received an answer to a question that had been keeping her miserable and I got to witness the true power and presence of God. Which therefore allowed me the opportunity to act as a withness to the fact that faithfully carrying out what God has layed on our heart definitely comes with much honor, whether we see it on this side of life or not.
So as Christians we can not say we follow Jesus yet ignore the way that he lived his life. We can not use our right to correct another believer without first making sure that we are doing it out of love. We can not go out into the world preaching that Jesus is Lord without first forgiving a family member that offended us earlier that day. It’s really all or nothing, either we’re walking with God or we’re not.
“Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’
Matthew 7:21-23 NLT “
Being a child of God means reading the word and believing that it is true by applying it to every part of our life, then and only then, will we be able to say that we know the one and only true God. For it is better to beat our flesh into submission and do that which we have been sent to do than to be a pharisee and be denied admission into an eternity of bliss. There’s so much power and truth behind this verse but I think you guys get the point already. We cannot freely and openly call oursselves Christians, children of God or believers if we constantly and shamelessly refuse to accept and follow the example of Christ, whose obedience ultimately paved a way for us to become apart of a holy priesthood.
With that I hope you now know why I had to highlight this verse as I read through and was convicted by it. See you guys next time! 😊