Where Are My Footprints?
Read 1 John Chapter 2
1Jn 2:3 We know that we have come to know Him if we obey His commands. 4 The man who says, “I know Him,” but does not do what He commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But if anyone obeys His word, God’s love is truly made complete in Him. This is how we know we are in Him: 6 Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did.
I must be the most thick-headed person alive. I have read this passage so many times that I couldn’t possibly guess the actual number. Yet, verse 6 has only recently jumped off the page and slapped me in the face! “Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus walked! Oh my gosh! I am supposed to walk as Jesus walked? I’ve said that with my mouth and written it numerous times, but the reality of it has only now penetrated my dense brain.
How did Jesus walk? We don’t have room here to make a comprehensive list, and we couldn’t do that in a lengthy book either. But we can make a short list to help us on our spiritual journey.
He walked in sinless perfection. We have discussed this before; we have no chance of ever achieving sinless perfection. However, we have an obligation to strive for it. This is a goal which we must always have before our eyes, working out our salvation, striving for sexual purity.
He spent His life in service to others. Our SSA problems would be much less a hindrance in our lives if we would but focus our thinking on how we can serve our Christian brothers and to be a Christ-like example to an unsaved world. That kind of thinking is unselfish. But all of our SSA temptations are a product of selfishness. We see someone who is attractive and desirable, and their welfare is nowhere to be found in our way of thinking. Or, we start thinking about satisfying our fleshly desires and that becomes our number one goal. Those are products of our selfishness.
He placed Himself totally into the hand of His Father. Whatever the Father desired, Jesus accomplished. He made no moves without consulting His Father. Our lives would be transformed completely if we consulted our Heavenly Father before we made any moves. We should consult Him upon awakening and continue to consult Him all during the day as our circumstances changed even in the slightest way.
I’m sure you have thought of some other ways that Jesus walked, and can identify how we fall short of walking as He walked.
We cannot wrap up this study without mentioning some ways that Jesus did not walk. He did not lust after anyone, man or woman (despite the fact that He was tempted in all ways we are tempted). He did not look at porn or engage in an unholy chat room. He did not look at Craig’s list to satisfy any loneliness. And (God forgive me for even writing this abhorrent thought), He did not participate in any oral or anal sex activities.
Every temptation we face is an opportunity to choose to walk as Jesus walked. If we thought about that when we were tempted, hopefully we would turn ourselves away from that ‘desirable’ thing, and walk away from it, just as Jesus did many times, every day. If we looked at that person who hurt us in the same way that Jesus looks at him, we would respond with kindness, or at least with a prayer for that person’s soul. We would never retaliate, brood over that person’s actions toward us, or tell someone else about how terribly we have been mistreated. Maybe, we might even bless that person in some special way.
If we claim to live in Him, we must walk as He walked. Here is another verse for us to meditate upon:
Ro 8:29 For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of His Son, that He might be the Firstborn among many brothers.
We are predestined to be CONFORMED TO THE LIKENESS OF HIS SON! Anything we do which does not point us in that direction is in direct opposition to His will. Ouch!
Prayer: Have mercy on me, Lord, for straying so far away from Your pathway. I have so often walked as the ‘father of this world’ walks! The more I learn, the more I realize that I haven’t even scratched the surface of Your goal and purpose for my life. I am so flawed!