We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. 1 John 2:3-6 (NIV)
Walking With Me
How will you come to know me? What will give you the confidence and boldness to say that you do know me? How can you or anyone else make a certain determination that you do in fact know me? To some, those may sound like difficult, maybe even impossible, questions to answer. I would never have known how to answer those questions without you giving me the answers up front. But, you have given me the answers. You have told me how I can come to know you. You have given me a true and certain measurement on which I can gauge whether I am coming to know you or not. I would like to hear your answers to my questions.
If I am obeying your commands, I am coming to know you. I know why that is true. Why is that? For me to obey your commands I would first need to hear your commands. I would need to be listening to you. To be listening to you, I must have a relationship with you. That’s obvious. At one time, I had no interest in a relationship with you. I had no desire to hear from you. I thought I was doing quite well on my own without you. I was living for myself. I was living for comfort and pursuing pleasure. I did what I wanted when I wanted it. I certainly had no desire to follow and obey you. That all changed. How so? I began to know the brokenness and emptiness of my life. I was bruised and battered by my life of sin. I hungered for something more. I wanted something else. You wanted me? Yes, I did. Only you could give me a new life. Only you could forgive my sin and cleanse me of my unrighteousness. Only you could redeem and restore me into a new relationship with you. That’s right. So, I asked you to be my Savior and Lord. I told you that I wanted to live my life with and for you. I said that I would follow and obey you. Yes, you did.
Now, I am walking with you. I am following and obeying you. I am listening attentively to all that you are saying to me. I am putting into practice all that you are teaching me. Am I following and obeying you perfectly? No, I am not. Do I still need your forgiveness and cleansing? Yes, I do. But, is it my desire to love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength? Yes, it is. Will I keep on following you? Will I keep on obeying you? Yes, I will. Am I trying to walk as Jesus walked? Yes, I am. Am I coming to know you? Yes, I am. Yes, you are coming to know me. Keep on walking with me, as Jesus walked with me, and you will keep on coming to know me.
Lord, you are my Savior and Lord. Thank you for making it possible for me to know and love God. Your word has changed my heart and mind and desire. I now want to obey all God’s commands and walk with Him just as you walked with Him. Amen
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