Today after our Lead Pastor Bob preached a fun yet powerful sermon that made me smile and laugh I followed him up with Scripture from 1 John Chapter 2 Verses 1 to 6:
My dear children – I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin – we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ – the One who is truly righteous. He Himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins – and not only our sins – but the sins of all the world.
And we can be sure that we know Him if we obey His Commandments. If someone claims – “I know God” – but doesn’t obey God’s Commandments – that person is a liar and is not living in the Truth. But those who obey God’s Word truly show how completely they love Him. That is how we know we are living in Him. Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.
So how do we live our lives as Jesus did ? Get in His Word. Learn His Truth. In other words – open the Bible. Read it. Study it. Do so at every opportunity. With today’s modern technology you can take the Bible everywhere you go via smart phone app. The more you read about God – the more you learn about His ways – the more you’ll want to be more like Him.
Pray to God. Just talk to Him in your own words – anywhere – anytime. Tell Him what is on your mind. He already knows, but He wants to hear it from you – in your voice. He wants you to ask Him for guidance and direction. He will always provide it.
Spend time in fellowship with your closest brothers and sisters of your immediate church family, and also spend quality time with those around you who do not yet believe and follow our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Share God’s Good News with them. Let them see Christ in you – not just by the way you talk – but also by the way you walk your fantastic journey. Share your lives with all, and love all of God’s children.
That’s how we live our lives as Jesus did. That’s how we expand God’s Kingdom here on Earth.