Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
The one who says “I have come to know God” and yet does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in such a person. But whoever obeys his word, truly in this person the love of God has been perfected. By this we know that we are in him. The one who says he resides in God ought himself to walk just as Jesus walked. 1 John 2.4-6
Do I know God? Do I keep his commandments? My answer to these two questions has to be yes. I cannot say the first without doing the second without being called a liar. Even worse, the truth is not in such a person. Can we truly know what the truth is? Some would tell us that it is relative to the person and the perspective changes according to the individual. The Bible disagrees with this perspective. Jesus said in John 8.31-32 that we can know the truth. Furthermore, he tells us what the truth is. It is his teaching that came from God to Jesus that he passed on to his disciples. If we continue in his teachings, he tells us that we will know the truth. Better yet, that truth will set us free! It sets us free from the bondage of sin in our lives. When I obey God’s word, his love reaches maturity in my life. Can I know that I am accepted by God without a doubt? Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 11.1 to be imitators of him just as he imitated Jesus. Yes, it is possible to imitate Jesus. It is not only possible but necessary. If I want to remain in God and have the certainty that I am accepted by him, I must follow in the footsteps of his son Jesus.