1 John 2:4-6 (ESV)
4 Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, 5 but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: 6 whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.
Today’s verses lay out a simple concept. If we profess Jesus we should keep his commandments. The Apostle John is teaching us that it is possible to have knowledge of Jesus and yet not know Him. He points out the dangers and the rewards of knowledge versus knowing. For those who profess a knowledge of Jesus and do not put into practice what He taught, John indicts as liars, but for those who seek to do what Jesus commanded John tells us that God’s love, the love that desired us to be reconciled to Him, would be perfected in us.
All of this does beg the question. How do we know if we are keeping His commandments? Fortunately, John helps us with this also. In verse 6, he tells us that if we really know Jesus and have relationship with Him our lives will begin to mirror His.
So, what is the application? I think the reality for us is that in our culture we are bombarded with so many messages about how we should live that we sometimes forget how Christ lived. In a constant sea of suggestions and promptings that encourage us to be served and consume we forget that Jesus came to serve and be consumed. I think to apply what John is saying we must be constantly focused on Jesus walk. What example did He show us? How did He live? Someone once told me to know Jesus you got to “read the red”. I think this suggestion is a good one for us.
Heavenly Father, thank you for your desire to have relationship with us. Thank you God that in your grand plan you provided a way that we could be reconciled to you. Lord Jesus thank you for your sacrifice. Thank you that you came to earth to serve and to be consumed. Forgive us Father where we have taken that lightly. Forgive us where we have allowed knowledge to take the place of knowing. Lead us today God. Remind us of your example Jesus. We seek to be more like you. Help us today. In your name. Amen.