HOW CAN I KNOW?

“He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.”          1 John 2:6 NKJV

 

John is saying that we can know that we truly know Christ if we walk in obedience to His Word. But someone may say, “As far as I know, I do believe in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour. I seek to obey Him. But, I often fall short. Since I can never walk perfectly in this life, how can I have complete assurance that I truly know Him”? The issue is purpose, direction and focus. If the purpose and direction of our lives is to please God by obedience to His commands, we can know that we know Him. It does not mean that we never fail, but that when we do, we get up and keep walking in obedience, seeking to please God with all of our lives. Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones sums up these verses (Walking With God [Crossway Books], p. 53): “If you have the life, it is bound to show itself, and if it does not, then you have not the life . . . You cannot be receiving the life of Christ without becoming like Him. You cannot walk with God without keeping His commandments. You cannot know God without immediately, automatically loving Him. Love always manifests itself by doing what the object of its love desires.” So we need to ask ourselves, firstly, “Do I know Christ”? Have we trusted in Him as the all-atoning sacrifice for our sins? If so, ask, “Do I know that I know Him”? How? “Do I obey His Word and seek to walk as Jesus walked”? If that is the direction and focus of our lives, then we can know that we know Him.

 

PRAYER THOUGHT

Lord Jesus, thank You that I can know You as I walk with You.

 

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Thank You, Lord Jesus, that as I make it the purpose and direction of my life to please You, by obedience to Your commands, I can know that I know You. It does not mean that I never fail, but that when I do, I get up and keep walking in obedience, seeking to please You with all of my life. AMEN

 

I.B.R.A. Readings

1 Timothy 1:18-2:15

 

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