Daily Devotional – Tuesday April 17, 2007
1 John 2:1-11
Lord, bless me with understanding and clarity. Open me to your message and love.
The wind blows and the rain falls. Spring in Virginia should be warmer and brighter than this. The weather seems out of control; and it is possibly because of our disregard for God’s creation. What is constant and warming is the familiarity of the opening sentences of today’s reading from John’s Gospel. We say these words every Sunday. We say them because they are important and are at the very core of what we believe as Christians. These are words we should not take for granted. Jesus lived a holy and perfect life in contrast to our/my own. John reminds me that I live in sin and I need to be reminded at least on a weekly basis. Then comes the great gift of grace. Through Jesus Christ the righteous, my sins are forgiven. And not only mine but the sins of the whole world. Wow! It is very clear to me why we say this every week.
John also reminds me that there is no room for a double standard. I cannot have it both ways. While the Grace of God’s love and forgiveness of sins is an unearned gift, I must obey his commandments. I see John’s vision of Jesus as a man with the same weaknesses and wants as myself. He had the same potential for sin as I was born with. However John portrays a Jesus who denied those weaknesses in favor of fully accepting the power and presence of God in him. It was the power of God in him that drove his behavior. His great message to me is that that same power of God is available to me and you. We too can walk in the same way in which he walked. The price for this grace is only ourselves. We must believe in him and walk in his ways.
The imagery of the light and darkness is very meaningful to me. I can easily associate those low times in my life when I felt the farthest away from God as being in the dark. It was like feeling my way along a wall not knowing where I was going. The birth of anxiety – the fear of the unknown. The fear of the dark. But I do know where I am going. Jesus has secured a place for me and for you with our Father in heaven. The light is on and it will say on. Thanks be to God!
God bless you this day and every day!
John Dickie, April 17, 2007