In another Christian denomination, the Bible lessons for the day are read in Sunday services. When the reader concludes the passage for the day, (s)he says “Blessed is he who hears the word of God, and keeps it.” This is essentially John’s message for the day – we can’t be faithful followers of Christ and not allow the word of God to become a part of who we are, a part of our souls and thus motivate us to live good, holy, godly lives. We can’t say we believe one thing, and do another. We have to walk the walk so to speak.
We do have to be careful, however, that we don’t get wrapped up in a “faith vs. works” debate on redemption. As Martin Luther very rightly reminded the world – we are saved by the grace of God, not anything we do on our own. There is nothing we can do to “earn” our salvation. That having been said, people of faith ought to be good examples for others of how to live our lives. We ought to exemplify the Gospel .
So, are we people of faith, or not? How can others tell? Do they see Christ when they look at us or not? Are we participating members of the Body of Christ or are we only worshiping God with our lips and not our lives? As John reminds us in today’s passage, we need to show are faith that is in our hearts, with our lives. We need to live as Jesus would live and do what Jesus would do.