Walk like Jesus
He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. 1 John 2:6
Walk like Jesus? Is that even possible? Jesus set the example for us, and although He set the bar high, it doesn’t mean that we see it as an unattainable goal. It is not a goal to walk through life perfect and without flaw, it is to keep His word and have the love of God perfected in us.
I like how this passage says that we know Him if we keep His commandments, but then it goes on to say in verse 5 that we keep His word. This is possible to accomplish because the word of God has made provision for our failures and short comings. For example, as we talked about a couple of days ago, when we confess our sin to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and cleanse us from unrighteousness (1 John 1:9) The word of God/scripture does not demand perfection from us, it simply allows us to line up with it continuously. When we fall down, we look back to Jesus and our salvation and He picks us up and leads us back to the place of right standing with God in Him.
Keeping His word is part of our personal relationship with Him. In keeping His word, we must first know it or be able to hear His voice on the inside reminding us of it. It also guides us closer to Him as we know more of it. Imagine a relationship you have in this world with a close friend. The closeness of that relationship is based on the words you share with each other. If you never talk to one another, you do not have a close relationship. Think about a close relationship you had in the past but have lost contact with that person. You no longer have a close friendship because you do not speak to one another anymore.
It’s the same way with our relationship with Jesus. By talking to and spending time with Him, we become closer to Him each time we focus on that relationship. This is what today’s verse is referring to when it says abide in Him. It means to hang out there often or live there. If you live with Jesus, you are going to live like Jesus.
Today I want to encourage you to live with Jesus. Set quiet time aside with Him each day and get to know His ways and His word better. Take Him with you all day long and remember He is there when you need help. Then walk His ways out in your daily life and draw others to Him through your walk of love and compassion. Jesus is the answer to any problem and in if we walk our life the way He walked His, we can be too.
Today’s scripture reading: 1 John 2:3-6