2012-03-25- Call of the Church
The Epistles of John ~ Part 24 ~ 1 John 2
As the believer matures, his perspective becomes more consistent with God's desires. As we grow, we become more God-centered as opposed to self-centered. God-centeredness is the only valid goal for our lives. This is why the call of the church is to make disciples. We are to help each other become more God-centered, as we love and care for one another. The call to be conformed to the image of Christ is what Paul is actually speaking about, when he said:
"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will ishis good, pleasing and perfect will." (Romans 12:2)
John's message here is one of both challenge and comfort. The challenge comes when he says that we are to walk in light. Our lives are to be typified by truth.
" (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth)" (Ephesians 5:9).
Clearly the call of Scripture is that our concerns need to move from self to others.
"It should be a joy to hold a candle to another. It will not waste our own light to impart it." ~ Spurgeon 4
The comfort is that John recognizes that sometimes we will fail. And our joy is that we have a loving savior Who intercedes for us and provides us the power to walk in His way.
"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (Acts 1:8)
We are given the power to walk in light, and as a result, others will have the opportunity to see God's light, to accept His gift of salvation and find fellowship with God and with the family of believers.
"Here we are, gathered together as a family;
To be continued.