Be Imitators of God

Have you ever known someone so well, you can finish his or her sentences?  Are you so in sync with someone that you can understand him or her when no one else can?   So much so that you can speak for them?

imitators_of_god-title-2-still-16x9We’ll be reading through the books of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John this month and John gives us a glimpse at this level of intimacy, this level of relationship.  Throughout the New Testament, John is referred to as the disciple whom Jesus loved –  who wouldn’t want that title?  John was not only among the twelve, he was also a part of Jesus’ smaller circle of three.  These three men, Peter, James, and John, were taken places with Jesus and given a backstage pass to things like the Transfiguration.

John didn’t get that description over night though.  It took time being with Jesus and a heart of obedience to follow his commands.

John so desires us to have this level of oneness with the Father; he’s pretty much typed it in bold font throughout his letters.  It’s hard to miss.  But why was this so important to John and how did John become one with Jesus?  Well, it was important to John because it was important to Jesus and to the Father.  And John became one with Jesus by spending time with him, serving him, talking with him, obeying him, listening to him….

Are we wiling to do that?
Are we willing to uproot our lives to know Jesus that well?
Are we willing to obey his commands?
Are we willing to walk as Jesus did?

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.

“But whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.” ~1 John 2:5,6

We will not all be Johns, having such a large impact on the world.

We will not all have a vocation of testifying to the life of Christ and proclaiming eternal life as John did.

However, we will all have a sphere of influence in which we are to testify to others about Jesus.

The better we know Jesus, the better we can testify to his life and proclaim eternal life to others.  As we spend time in His Word this month, may we continually ask ourselves if we know God as well as we claim to know Him.  May we all strive to know God as John did.

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