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Walking the Walk, As Well As We Talk the Talk

1 John 2:6

Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.

IMG_0301Sometimes the Word of God speaks louder than any example we can find – more than any example.  I thought about simply listing the scripture today and letting it speak alone but then I thought of a possible contemporary example that might help us understand the word better today.

Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles has gone on record numerous times talking about his team and the effort he will give game by game.  They would have been mere words except so far in the last few years – Adam Jones is leading by example.  He hustles every play – and plays injured as well.  In Sunday’s game – as I write this – he has hit a homer in the 1st inning.  He is backing up his words with his actions.  His actions are also working to set a tone for other ball players – especially young players like Jonathan Schoop and Manny Machado – players that look up to Adam and his leadership.  Other leaders like Chris Davis – Matt Wieters – Chris Tillman – and J.J. Hardy – all seem to hustle and try to lead by example.

These examples from baseball might help us understand today’s passage but falls short of the power of God’s Word.  Here is today’s passage in partial context.  1 John 2:1-11 – 1 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense — Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. 3 We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. 4 The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: 6 Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. 7 Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard. 8 Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining. 9 Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. 10 Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble. 11 But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him.

It is easy to talk the talk but more difficult to walk the walk.  If we are to be a good witness for Jesus in the world around us – to our children – to the lost – to our co-workers – to our neighbors – to all who see us each day – we must walk as Jesus did.  Jesus is the atoning sacrifice for our sins.  If we do not walk the walk than the truth – Jesus – is not in us.  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.  It is that simple.  We should be asking ourselves daily – moment by moment – what would Jesus do (WWJD) in every/any given situation – and following that lead.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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July 20, 2015 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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