“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.” – 1 John 2:5-6
Cardiac surgeons have to attend quite a bit of schooling before they begin to do surgeries. They complete five years of a general surgery residency and two or more years of a specialized cardiac fellowship before becoming certified to perform surgeries on patient’s hearts. They have to watch surgeries and they have to assist surgeries before they ever do one on their own. What if this wasn’t the case? What if someone studied hard and passed the tests, but was never required to assist with or even watch a heart surgery? Would you let them operate on your heart? No way! You want a doctor that knows everything there is to know about the heart, but has also learned by assisting other great cardiac surgeons. This type of experience-based knowledge was what John wrote about in 1 John. He knew some would just read Scripture and proclaim they were amazing Christians, but were far from Christ.
When we read God’s word, we may wonder how we are to apply it to our lives. This is why it’s so important that we look at the life of Christ as our prime example of how to live. Learn from the pro! As we begin to take small steps to apply it, we may still feel like we just are not getting it. Loving our enemies may look a lot messier in our lives than we first pictured. Keep up the good work, because you will be able to step back later and see how God has changed you and affected those around you. Then, you will know that you are in Him, just as John wrote. Let’s get excited to see how God is going to perfect His love in us today by obeying Him, no matter how messy it might get.