ARE WE WALKING LIKE JESUS
We become like those we are around. For instance, as I grew up, without realizing it, I began to walk like my father. I have also picked up many other characteristics from him, some desirable, others no so much so. Now that is from a physical point of view. However, from a spiritual point of view, there is another in Who’s steps we are to walk, and His name is Jesus Christ.
When a person first comes to Jesus for salvation, there are some instantaneous changes that take place, yet it is very natural for them to retain some of the characteristics from their old life. However, as they grow and mature in the Lord, there should be changes that begin to take place. These changes are produced as we learn more about God, Christ, and the Bible, and as we yield to the leadership of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Hopefully, as these changes take place, we will find that our attitudes, our actions, our attractions, etc, become less like the old, pre-salvation person and more like the Lord Jesus.
It is perfectly natural for a baby to act like a baby. They cry, suck on bottles, soil their diapers and play with their toes. But, as they begin to grow, they begin to change and start to take on the characteristics of those around them. They begin to act more like people and less like babies. (Not that babies aren’t people, they are just little people with weird habits!) So it is with God’s children! When we are first saved, it is natural for us to stumble as take those first baby steps on wobbly spiritual legs. But, as time passes, we should begin to mature and to take on the characteristics of the Savior. That is what John means when he says that we are to walk like Jesus.
I. A PROFESSION DECLARED
The word “saith”. Those referred to in this passage have a profession of faith. That is, they have said that they are saved. Let’s examine their claim, as well as our own today. When they make the profession that they “abide in Him”, they are saying a mouthful!)
A Declaration Of Salvation – Those referred to in this passage claim to be “in” Jesus. There is only one way into Him and that is through receiving Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, Acts 16:31.
To be “in” Jesus is the only place of salvation, of safety, of security. Of peace, of happiness, of being right with God, of being delivered from Hell, of being certain of Heaven. The benefits of being “in” Jesus are enormous, but the consequences of not being “in” Him are catastrophic! Where are you?)
Just in case there is those present who have never been saved, let me take a moment to tell you how you can be. Actually, getting saved is about the most simple thing a person can do. There are only a few things you need to know and accept and one thing you need to do. Allow me to share them with you.
1. You Must Know That You Are A Sinner – Rom. 3:10; 23
2. You Must Understand That There Is A Penalty On your Sin – Rom. 6:23; Rom, 5:12; Psa. 9:17.
3. You Must Know That God Loves You And That He Has Made A Way For You To Be Saved – John 3:16; Rom. 5:8.
4. You Must Believe The Gospel – Rom. 10:10-11; 1 Cor. 15:3-4.
5. You Must Be Willing To Turn From Your Sins – Luke 13:3. (This doesn’t mean that you must be perfect before you can be saved. It just means that you are aware of your sins, that you are sorry for your sins and that you are willing to let the Lord take your sins away, along with your desire for them. It means simply, that you are willing to be changed, 2 Cor. 5:17.)
6. You Must Be Willing To Call On Jesus Christ Alone For Salvation – Rom. 10:13. (This is the one thing that you must do. Salvation can never become a reality in your life until you make that decision to bow before the Lord and ask Jesus to come into your heart and life.)
7. You Must Know That You Should Not Wait – 2 Cor. 6:2.
8. Are you saved? If not, why not come to Him right now while He is calling you to come, Rev. 3:20? Please do not wait and allow the devil time to talk you out of it. Come now and be saved!