Evidence of Abiding


The Apostle John introduces us to the mandate of abiding (or remaining) in a state of fellowship with Jesus (John 15). This is a major emphasis of John’s writings.

I have long been captivated by his emphasis and find myself more focused on this as I get older.

John says this, “whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.” (1 John 2:6).

To say, “I want to walk as Jesus walked,” is not arrogance or is it unattainable. Jesus asks us to be like Him, to walk like Him. He wouldn’t ask us to do this if it was not possible.

The reality is that we cannot do this in the power of the flesh. It is not attainable by human wisdom nor by intellectual or physical capacities. It is only attainable in the power of the Holy Spirit which indwells those who walk by faith in Jesus.

Though it is a much bigger discussion, 1 John provides evidence of abiding in Jesus compared to not abiding in Jesus. For now, we are just looking at this verse (1 John 2:6). The question is, “Am I walking like Jesus did?”

Take a moment and reflect on this verse. What does the Spirit bring to mind as you ponder how Jesus lived? What might He want you to repent of so that you might walk more like Jesus?

May each of us be, lead, treat people and walk more like Jesus.



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