Have you ever heard or said, “That person should practice what they preach!”? I know I have. That is sort of what 1 John 2:6 is saying.
If we identify ourselves as believers in God, having experienced salvation through His sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, we should be living as He did.
Does that mean walking around in robes and sandals? Umm, no.
That means walking around knowing we’re somebody but choosing to be nobody so that others can enter the Kingdom of God.
That means truly loving the unlovely, the self-centered, the broken, the criminal, the proud, the destitute, the rich, the… everyone.
That means going places we wouldn’t typically go so that we have the opportunity to share the good news with the people there.
That means when we go to our typical places we look for opportunities to shine His light so others can see their way to Him.
And much more. Jesus lived sinlessly, yet broke down religion’s walls so people could see God. He never said, “We’ve never done it like that before, no need to start now.” He didn’t nix a teen pizza party to get young people together who would then hear about the Savior. He didn’t tell the people if they didn’t worship at the temple they weren’t really worshiping. He touched people. He spoke truth in every situation. He didn’t lie or steal or break any part of the Law.
That’s who we’re supposed to be living like. And that is impossible. Flat-out impossible. YET, when we live deep in that relationship, spending tons of time with Him, we’ll start acting like Him just like long-married spouses talk and act like one another.
Time to examine self again, y’all. Are we walking our talk? If not, let’s make the changes we need to so that they match. Let’s choose to shine His light so the world can see Jesus.
Coffee, Bible, Journal.