Obedience and love for God go hand and hand. Our obedience flows from our love for our Heavenly Father. As we take small steps to obey God, 1 John tells us that His love is made complete in us. How beautiful it is! How can you and I take steps to obey His Word practically? What things that you have read from the Bible recently? Is there anything that keeps coming back to your mind? Has the Holy Spirit convicted and reminded you of things that you have read?
One thing God has been reminding me of lately is to help those in need. He recently gave me a chance to live this out in a real sense. There was a man along the side of the road with a sign asking for a drink or food. I had just gotten a smoothie with my daughter and needed to quickly decide what I would do because I was at the stop light. I sensed I was supposed to give the smoothie away to the man. The smoothie seemed to really bless and refresh him as he was out in the hot sun.
God longs for us to live His Word out! Why?! Because he desires for His perfect love to be made complete in us. The word complete or perfected in the Greek means to “make perfect by reaching the intended goal, mature.” When we live out and obey His word we are coming to the point of maturity in our love for Him and others!
We have a litmus test to know if we in God. 1 John says, “Whoever claims to live in Him must live or walk as Jesus did.” How did Jesus walk?
- In obedience to the Father – “He humbled himself and became obedient to death” (Philip. 2:8)
- In humility – “I am gentle and humble in heart.” (Matt. 11:29)
- In submission -” The Son only does what he sees the Father doing.” (John 5:19)
- In prayer – “He went up to a mountainside to pray.” (Mark 6:46)
- In love – “Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent on His love.” (John 13:1)
- In Holy Spirit dependence – “Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was lead by the Spirit in the desert.” (Luke 4:1)
What a privilege we have to walk in the foot steps of our Savior Jesus! May we be humbled and challenged as we look at His wonderful example and seek to walk as He did today and in the days to come.