A theme sure does keep popping up in each letter we’ve been reading! Don’t lie to yourself!
“If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.” (1:7)
Doesn’t that sound like what we just read in Peter? “Make every effort to be found spotless” (2 Pet 3:14) The only way to be spotless in front of God, is to have the covering of the blood of Jesus. It’s very simple, have faith that you are covered!
But, we humans can struggle with that faith. John is writing this letter to encourage these believers in their faith. This is what I have heard, seen and touched…Jesus is real! Trust me, believe me, everything you have heard is true. (1:1-4)
On another note, I love the simple question John gives to the age old question, “How do I know I am saved?”
Answer: “Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.” (2:6)
Boom! There you go…
John even goes on to say how Jesus lived:
- He had no lust of the flesh
- He had no lust of the eyes or the pride of life. (2:17)
OK, that sound kind’a hard to do, even for someone who has faith to believe they are clean in God’s eyes.
While I was reading how to live like Jesus did, an expression we are all familiar with came to mind.
“Don’t be so heavenly minded that you are no earthly good”. I pondered that and realized that statement could have originally been spoken right out of the mouth of Satan! 😈
Wouldn’t it be just like Satan to create a saying that sounds like it could be right; a saying that gets people to not talk about heaven too much; a saying that keeps you focused on ‘the important’ things that need to be taken care of here and now?
As I am reading how Jesus lived, thus how I am supposed to live, the saying should be, “Be so heavenly minded that you can be some earthly good”. Jesus was so heavenly minded that he had no desire to fulfill fleshly desires, he had no lust of the eye of earthly things because his eyes were heavenly minded. Pride in this life on earth meant nothing to him because he was focused on the life to come with his Father.
Now going back up and reading the verses where Peter and John sound like they are saying the same thing, it can be read, “Self-evaluate, are you heaven minded like Christ or are you earthly minded? Remember heaven is real and it’s the only thing you should set your mind on!”