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)
I don’t obey you because I should. I don’t obey you because I must. Why then do you obey me? I obey you because I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. It is no sacrifice for me to follow and obey you. Following and obeying you is what I want to do. It is my joy to hear and obey your commands. I want to know and do your will. Your love guides my desire. Your love sets my course. Your love guides me every day, one step at a time. I will follow you to where you lead me. I will do whatever you ask of me. I want to do what is pleasing to you. That is very good.
How will you know if you are walking in my ways? How will you know if you are doing what is pleasing to me? How will you know if you are becoming the person I want you to become? How will you know if you are living the life that I have called you to live? I have an example to follow. Yes, you do. I will walk as Jesus walked. I will do what Jesus did. I will think like Jesus thought. I will pray like Jesus prayed. I will give like Jesus gave. I will serve like Jesus served. I will follow and obey you like Jesus followed and obeyed you. Will I do this all perfectly? Not, a chance. Will I be able to live this kind of life on my own, with my own strength? No, not at all. I know that you will be working in my life. You will be molding me and shaping me into who you want me to become. Yes, I will. You will give me your power and strength so that I can do what you have given me to do for you. You can count on me. In every way and on every day, I will come to rely on you. You are my God and Father. My life is in your hands. I love you only because you loved me first. Your love drives me. Your love compels me. Your love spurs me on. You will make me able to follow and obey you. You will help me to walk as Jesus walked on every day with every step of my life. Yes, I will.
Father, I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. it is my passionate desire to come to know you. I want to know your will and walk in your ways. I want to do what is pleasing to you. I will follow and obey you. I will walk just as Jesus walked. Amen
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