He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked
-First John 2:4 (King James Version)
You and I can "talk the talk" all we want, but the question is, are we "walking the walk?" I've taught numerous times about the fact that the faith we claim to have in Jesus is proven by the way we live our lives. Anyone can claim to be a saved, born again Christian, but the proof is in the pudding!
We read in First John 2:4, "He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked." What John is teaching us here is that if we claim to be of Christ, if we claim to be a saved, born again Christian, we must walk as Jesus walked. If we claim to be a saved, born again Christian, we must not continue to live in the same sins day in and day out. There has to be a change.
Paul spoke about this in Galatians 5:16-25, " This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit." Paul is writing about our lives before Christ, and how we should be living them after Christ. He says, in verse 24, "And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts." The term "crucified the flesh" means that we have killed the desire for sin, we have turned from sin and onto God. Have you done that?
~Think About It~