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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Finding Love"

Date published: 02/18/2020

1 John 2:6 “Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did.”

 

   Ask Christians, “How do we live in Jesus?”  You will get a hundred answers!  This Scripture does not give a definitive answer to the question, but would you not like to better understand what Jesus wants in your life?  As you would not go to work for a new company without finding out what they wanted from you, we should not try to live the Christian life without having a better understanding of what a well-lived Christian life looks like.  The following verse appears to give a definitive answer to the question, “But if anyone obeys His word, God's love is truly made complete in him.  This is how we know we are in Him.”  We “live in Him” by obeying His Word.  We often downplay the importance of obedience in living the Christian life.  We freely talk about the wonderful outcomes of being a Christian, but do we train up people on how to get those outcomes through obedience?  Going back to our job example.  Your new boss says you are to keep the shelves full.  A good result, but how do you get there?  Our focus verse gives a similar answer to how we live in Him, we “must walk as Jesus did.”  How exactly do we walk as Jesus did?  That is the paradoxical question of living the Christian life.  We learn through Paul in Romans 7:15 that obedience is more difficult than it seems, “I do not understand what I do.  For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.”

 

   The beauty of the Christian life is three-fold: 1) Through God’s redemptive act we are released and forgiven from the shame and failure of our sin. 2) We are loved and accepted into God’s kingdom as we are. 3) We are empowered to walk as Jesus did through the indwelling Holy Spirit.  These three truths form the bedrock of “living in Him.”  We must live in a way so that our lives are fed by God’s truths.  Think about how you are fed earthly food.  You do not get it by reading, posting pictures, and watching cooking shows, but by using your knowledge to prepare delicious meals.  The same is true for a Christian.  You read the Bible over and over, study the Bible, and hear sermon after sermon, but unless you allow the Holy Spirit to transform His truths in you, it helps little.  Each Christian needs to find a spiritual diet for being fed God’s truths, so that they result in a transformed life that “walks (lives) as Jesus did.” There is no formula for this, but as Paul says in Philippians 2:12-13, “Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose.”  I would suggest three things that will allow time for you to meditatively hear God so that your Scriptural pursuit is distilled down to application for transformation: 1) Develop a daily intake of Scripture which gives enough truth for God to speak one thing into your life. 2) Do not allow truths that challenge your life to go unanswered.  Follow the Scriptures.  Look at an array of Scriptures that say a similar thing to allow a fuller understanding for application. 3) Memorize Scriptures that God has impressed major convictions or applications into your life.  Pursue God with the full desire to experience Him, so that your pursuit of Him results in 1 John 2:5, “But if anyone obeys His word, God's love is truly made complete in him.”  Feel and imagine the effect of God’s love being made complete in you.  What would it feel like to experience God’s love in greater measures?  This may be the first Scripture you follow to broaden the excitement of what God offers every Christian as they “walk as Jesus did!”

 

Colossians 2:9-10 “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.”

 

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Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience in this area:  “Your Life in Christ” and “Discipleship.”