Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. – 1 John 2:3
We are expected to keep His commandments. By doing so, we demonstrate that we truly know Him.
That sounds simple enough.
There’s just one problem.
More than that is expected of us.
He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. – 1 John 2:6
We are expected “to walk just as He walked.” That’s where it gets a little more complicated.
Jesus is literally a hard act to follow. Yet, we can do it.
He promises to never leave us or forsake us. We have His Spirit dwelling within us as believers. He is present so we don’t go at it alone.
Acknowledge His presence in your life. Know that Him being alive within you can allow you to do mighty works. Stay in tune with the urgings of His Spirit alive within you. Refer to the Scriptures morning by morning, then seek out opportunity upon opportunity to live by them daily.
That being said, live up to the expectation of living like Jesus daily.
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II Samuel 16:5-8 NKJV
Now when King David came to Bahurim, there was a man from the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei the son of Gera, coming from there. He came out, cursing continuously as he came. And he threw stones at David and at all the servants of King David. And all the people and all the mighty men were on his right hand and on his left. Also Shimei said thus when he cursed: “Come out! Come out! You bloodthirsty man, you rogue! The Lord has brought upon you all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose place you have reigned; and the Lord has delivered the kingdom into the hand of Absalom your son. So now you are caught in your own evil, because you are a bloodthirsty man!”
Shimei should have been ashamed of himself. He confronted David and his men. He went all in. He went all the way off like a mad man.
He threw things.
He called David out.
Imagine what would happen if he had not went off like that. Just think if he had not chosen to go that route.
David was at a low point.
David had lost everything.
David had lost the kingdom.
David had lost the kingdom to his own son Absalom.
The last thing he needed was a Shimei to kick him while he was down. Yet, David exercised restraint. He didn’t take Shimei out. He didn’t allow his men to do so either.
II Samuel 16:11-12 NKJV
And David said to Abishai and all his servants, “See how my son who came from my own body seeks my life. How much more now may this Benjamite? Let him alone, and let him curse; for so the Lord has ordered him. It may be that the Lord will look on my affliction, and that the Lord will repay me with good for his cursing this day.”
What is your Christian response to what others do to you?
Let the shame be on them. You have to deal with what you have to deal with anyhow.
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. . . For the sons of this world are more shrewd in their generation than the sons of light – Luke 16:8
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light – Ephesians 5:8
We have to make an immediate decision.
I know that you were just expecting to some read some inspirational post on how to live as a Christian, skim a few pep-you-up verses or passages, then go on and live your life without any other bumps in the road.
That ain’t happening here.
You need to make a decision> That’s right. Just like all of the rest of us who profess the name of Jesus Christ as Lord and claim to have His Spirit alive and dwelling within them, you need to decide what you will do for today and from now on.
Will you live as a faithful child of God?
Or, will you live as one of “the sons of this world?”
You need to make a decision.
Are you going to live like the example in the Word or the example of the world?
Are you ready to live like the one who sacrificed everything to have a relationship with you, even while you were still a sinner?
Are you able to walk as a child of light? If so, then come out of the darkness. You do not even have to open your mouth. Just take a step, and then another one and so on. The rest will begin to come as you adjust to living among the “children of light.”
So what is it going to be?
You have to make a decision.
How will you live. . .?
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Do not wear yourself out to get rich;
do not trust your own cleverness.
- Proverbs 23:4 (NIV)
Riches are fleeting.
If you don’t believe me, just look at how this preceding verse is followed up.
Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone,
for they will surely sprout wings
and fly off to the sky like an eagle.
-Proverbs 23:5 (NIV)
The very money that you worked yourself into an early grave to obtain can “sprout wings” and “fly off.” That doesn’t sound like a solid and prudent investment of anyone’s time and other resources like energy and thought. It sounds like a waste. In fact, the Scriptures are not saying that wealth is a waste. The words relate to the effort that other versions and translations of the Bible consider to be an effort to “overwork.” It gives a connotation and warning not to overwork to become rich.
The Book of Proverbs advises a different approach in chapter 13; ”. . . but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.”
Ask yourself which way you are going about obtaining wealth and riches.
Are you doing yourself a favor by gathering it “little by little?” Or, are you doing yourself a disservice by seeking to “overwork” to get there?
At the end of the day, the choice is yours. You can work yourself into a frenzy and have little to show for it except for a bunch of stress and agony to go along with an ulcer or panic attacks of anxiety. You can also see all of what you have saved to go away right out of your own hands and into the hands of another.
A man to whom God has given riches and wealth and honor, so that he lacks nothing for himself of all he desires; yet God does not give him power to eat of it, but a foreigner consumes it. This is vanity, and it is an evil affliction. – Ecclesiastes 6:2 (NKJV)
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5 And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” 6 So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully. 7 But when they saw it, they all complained, saying, “He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner.” – Luke 19:5-7 (NKJV)
Let’s just say it like this. In the Gospel of Luke, we see Jesus engaging in some intimate interactions with some sinners. Similarly, He goes to the house of Levi the tax collector and dines with other tax collectors and sinners. What is surprising is not the invitation itself. What is truly surprising is the response of people to the Lord’s invitation.
In Luke 19:6, Zacchaeus is said to have moved hastily “and received Him joyfully.” In Mark, Levi and his friends sat with Jesus and His followers. This was in response to Levi (Matthew) following Jesus after His initial invitation to follow Him, leaving all of his tax table and other wares behind. In Luke, it is reported that the tax collector hosted a large feast; “. . . And there were a great number of tax collectors and others who sat down with them.” In fact, the Samaritan woman who encountered Jesus at the well went out and shared her experience with others. And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all that I ever did.” Thus, Jesus’ invitation prompted these people to invite others to join them. Therefore, the invitation inspired them to take action one way or another.
Others responded with despise for Jesus. In fact, some exhibited such piety that they despised Jesus more than the tax collectors or others. Pharisees could not get beyond His fellowship with such defiled people. Other folks just couldn’t believe that a holy man could have fellowship with sinners. That was definitely the other side of the coin when it came to such a public invitation.
So what do you think? Could you be part of the joyful reception of the Lord’s invitation to the outsiders and outcasts of your community and social order? Or, do you feel inclined to indict others for their efforts to get down and dirty among the “least of these?”
Pray about it.
Think it over.
You never know what the Lord may bring your way today.
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“Jesus asks for everything.” – Francis Chan, Crazy Love
How absurd does it sound to give up everything and give it over to Jesus?
Let me rephrase that.
How absurd does it sound to an atheist to give up everything and give it over to Jesus?
How absurd does it sound to someone who does not even know Jesus to give up everything and give it over to Jesus?
Should that also apply to Christians, though?
David did not think so. In preparation for the building of the temple, David oversaw the collection of an abundance of resources. In response, David acknowledged that all of it already belonged to God.
LORD our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for your Holy Name comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you. – 1 Chronicles 29:16 (NIV)
Jesus simply answered the question with simplicity. One of His responses is captured in the Gospel of Matthew. Look at His words, then look at how you handle the Lord’s resources.
19“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. – Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV)
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The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” . . . – Psalm 14:1 (NIV)
From what the Bible says, an atheist is considered a fool.
(Psalm 53:1 says the same thing as Psalm 14:1)
To avoid falling into foolishness, consider the evidence of God’s creative existence.
When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, The moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained – Psalm 8:3 (NASB)
Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. – John 1:3 (NIV)
… When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. – Genesis 5:1 (NIV)
The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, – Psalm 24:1 (ESV)
As we go further in our personal Bible study and devotional time, pray and meditate on God’s presence and seek His confirmation of His own existence in your life as Lord and Master.
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