John 2:3 “We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands.”
In my home, we have a security system. It is an electronic device that sets off an alarm, and sends a message to local police if security is breached. If the alarm is set off, someone from the security company will call and ask if everything is okay. If it is, I am to give the password. If an intruder answers the phone, they may assure the caller that everything is fine . . . but they won’t know the password. That password assures the caller of my identity.
There are a lot of folks walking around, claiming to have a right relationship with God. The problem is, they don’t have the correct password. The password – the way to know if we truly know God – is our obedience to His commands.
Pretty simple and straight-forward, isn’t it? We can know that we know Him – that our identity in Christ is secure – if we obey His commands. Not, if we listen to Christian radio. Not, if we go to church every time the doors are open. Not, if we display a Christian plaque on our desk at work or a Christian bumper sticker on our car.
When we come to know Jesus, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, we change. Oh, we still mess up. But we don’t enjoy the mess-ups. When we know Him, we have a desire deep in our hearts to please Him. And that desire manifests itself in the way we live our lives. We love Him, and so we obey Him.
Dear Father, Thank You for allowing me to know You, and to know Your Son, Jesus. I love You, and I want to please You. Please help me to obey Your commands.