Google+ 07/12/13 "I Know God!"

1 John 2:4-6

 

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.

 

Do we know God?  This is a question that is discussed among small groups of Christians virtually every day, and is usually mentioned at least once on Sunday morning in our corporate worship services.  Like most things having to do with Jesus, our answer to this question is often far too complex and inaccurate.  John says that if we truly know God, we will follow His commandments.  The converse of this statement is that if we know God and don't follow His commandments, John says we are liars.  Our Scripture passage closes with the admonition that if we are going to live in God, we must live our lives like Jesus did.  Let's examine that for a moment.  Jesus lived a very simple life.  Growing up, He learned the trade of His earthly father as He worked with His hands as a carpenter.  Jesus prayed daily as a boy and taught in the Temple, long before most people expected that anyone His age could or would.  Jesus honored His mother and father.  During His earthly ministry, Jesus worked long hours and never faltered in His faith.  Jesus loved everyone.  Jesus also disciplined people when they did not obey God's commandments.  He chose key people to assist Him with His ministry, but was always spiritually in charge, being accountable to only His Heavenly Father.  Finally, Jesus told the truth.  He did not withhold anything from God's people out of fear of offending someone.  According to John, Jesus is who we should model our life after.  As we apply this to our earthly lives, let's live simple lives.  The more complicated our life is, the more opportunities Satan has to get between us and God.  Let's learn a trade and do inspired, honest labor in God's Kingdom.  For those of us that are still children, let's learn to pray now.  For those of us that are adults, let's teach our children to pray and let them serve God, regardless of their age.  We all need to honor our parents.  Regardless of what we feel they have done that is negative, we need to love and forgive them.  Many of our parents and relatives have already gone on to claim the place that Jesus prepared for them.  Let's look forward to our heavenly reunion with them.  Don't be afraid to work long and productive hours for God.  The Bible tells us that the harvest is bountiful, but the laborers are few.  God's Kingdom requires hard work and long hours out of those of us that are believers.  We cannot be afraid to share the Gospel message, even if it might offend someone.  Jesus continued to preach the message and ended up on the cross.  Paul preached the message and ended up in jail.  Most of the disciples suffered death for their association with Jesus.  We need to build our Family of God so that we are not alone in our labor for Christ.  The key for us to all of these things is to follow Jesus and always tell the whole truth.  Leaving out parts of the truth is the same as telling a blatant lie.  John tells us that if we do all these things, we have the right, privilege, and obligation to say, "I Know God!"