Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Daily - 5/21/08

1 John 5:1-5

1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is begotten by God, and everyone who loves the father loves (also) the one begotten by him.
2 In this way we know that we love the children of God when we love God and obey his commandments.
3 For the love of God is this, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome,
4 for whoever is begotten by God conquers the world. And the victory that conquers the world is our faith.
5 Who (indeed) is the victor over the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?


This passage discusses the power that is available to us as obedient believers. I think it also touches on spiritual maturity in verses 3-5. For the mature Christian, God’s commandments are not burdensome, they are a path to victory over the “world” (ie, the flesh).

Too often I fail to claim this victory by letting the “world” get in the way. As I do that I move further away from Christ. But if we can remain in Christ (by keeping his commandments), that power is there.

This is a nice companion to the parable of the vine and the branches. Remain in Christ, and we will bear fruit.