“But whoso keepeth his word, in him [truly] 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.”I John 2:5-6
I was recently watching a video of a little boy who was placed down on a counter and told not to eat from a bowl of snacks. The snacks were well within reach and he tried to get them but his mom pushed his hand away. The mom warned him several times to not eat the snacks and left him on the counter while she exited the room. The little boy looked all around and was doing his best not to partake of the snacks in the bowl. He lasted for 30 seconds or so before caving into temptation. He put his hand in the bowl and started to bring the snack to his mouth before realizing he was being filmed. He looked directly at the camera, put the snack down and patiently waited for his mom to come back.
We are often like this little boy sitting on the counter of the world. We are enticed by the snacks of the world, and we are warned about the dangers of partaking in the “snacks”. We often sit there look around to see if anyone is watching. We stay strong for a bit and then cave in only to realize God is always watching. If we are obedient, we will remove our hand out of the bowl before we partake further.
If we are truly obedient, we will be like the prudent mentioned in Proverbs. Proverbs 27:17 states, “A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.” In moments of temptation, God often brings to mind the verses I learned as a little boy in Awanas. He gives me a way to escape by providing me with the truth of His Word in comparison to the lie the devil is trying to sell me. We are truly known to others by how we act in our everyday walk. The term “Christian” is a term for someone who follows Christ. A person who walks as He walked, and someone in whom the love of God is perfected or matured. It is not a life of perfection but rather one that resembles the grown-up godliness of the Father.
Have you ever been accused of being a Christian? Were you offended by the term or did you thank God for what He has done in your life? Is the love of God perfected (come to maturity) in your life? Do you walk as He walked? Are you easily identified or is the world confused as to who you are? My cousin once told me, “You are just like your dad.” I replied to her, “Well, who else would you expect me to be like?” May we be accused of being like our Heavenly Father and may His love be perfected in our lives.