I John 2:3-6 – “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.”
My children are getting older. Every day I see the evidence of the things that I have have taught them being lived out in their life. For example – every since day one, I have taught my children to do their homework as soon as they get home. And they still do it. I have also taught them to work on projects ahead of time, if they can. This simple task has saved us from countless late nights.
But the evidence is there. I see the good and the not so good things that I have taught them. Sometimes I see pointless anger pop up in them. I know exactly where they get that from – me. Sometimes I see them never back down from a verbal dispute because they KNOW they are right, even when they are not – they get that from both their dad and myself. Good and not so good.
What about the evidence of God in their life? Do I see that? Do they see that?
John tells us that if we know Him (Jesus), we should be keeping His commandments. And that if we are abiding in Him, we should be walking like Him. Basically, John is saying if we are living in God’s love and following His commands, there should be evidence of such choices in our life.
Is there evidence? Would you be convicted of being a follower of Christ?
If not, John says you are a liar. Not my words, it is the Truth of God’s Word speaking here.
In order for a conviction to be made, there has to be sufficient and strong evidence to the contrary. It can’t be just a bit of proof here and a bit of proof there. That being said, a bit of proof will not make it obvious.
It’s just like sweet tea – and I mean good, Southern sweet tea. There are imposters calling their beverage “sweet tea” that barely have enough sugar in it to quantify. In order for me to call it sweet tea, it has to be lip smacking sweet. (I know you know what I mean!) The evidence has to blatantly clear.
You can have a little bit of Jesus in your life, that’s well and good considering the alternative of no Jesus at all. But in order to be a true follower of Christ, you have to allow Him to pour Himself into you. You need to allow Him to make the evidence of Him in your life overwhelming. It is your choice whether to follow after Him or not. But it is only by keeping His word that His love is perfected in you. You see, a little bit of Him should never be enough. It should be our desire to be so full of Him that others smack their lips at wanting what we have. The evidence should be so overwhelming in our walk that there is no denying His hand at work.
So let me encourage you today to choose Him. Choose to let Him fill you up today. You have to ask for it. You have to invite Him in. He won’t just show up in your life. You have to ask Him to be present, to show you the way, to make His plan evident to you each and every day. You have to choose to follow after His commandments. You have to choose to live in His Light. Make the choice today to let the evidence shine clear.