In this series, we have been talking about abiding in the Lord. In the first four posts, we were in the book of John. The book of John was written by John, one of Jesus’ disciples. All of the Bible verses we have looked at so far were words that Jesus spoke when He walked the earth. Today we are moving over to the book of 1 John. 1 John, 2 John, and 3 John were books also written by the disciple John. And while the verses in these books will not contain words spoken directly by Jesus, “All Scripture is God-breathed” as it says in 2 Timothy 2:16.
I want to look at 1 John 2:6 which says, “He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.”
The word abide here is the same Greek word which we have been talking about throughout this series.
I like the way this translation uses the word walk. This means “to regulate or conduct one’s life.” In this verse John offers some advice. When we claim to abide in Jesus, this should be noticeable by our actions. The New Living Translation puts 1 John 2:6 this way: “Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.”
In the words of Dr. Charles Stanley: “To make a commitment to Christ is to make a decision to do what Jesus commanded us to do and to pursue with the whole heart, mind, and soul, the pure, wholesome, godly, and holy life that He lived. Jesus commanded us to be ‘perfect’ – which means to be whole. He commanded us to love one another. He commanded us to be diligent in keeping His teachings. He commanded us to be His witnesses at all times in all places. He commanded us to walk boldly by faith and to trust God to meet our needs, regardless of what those needs might be. Jesus gave all of Himself to us, and in return, Jesus requires all of us. That’s what it means to take up our cross daily and follow Him. That’s what it means to truly ‘walk the walk’ and not just ‘talk the talk’ of being a Christian.” 
Perhaps you think this is a lot to ask. How can we possibly do all that? We are not perfect, like Jesus. But as we have been studying the word “abide” we have seen that when we continually stay tethered to the Lord, we pull our strength from Him and He helps us to walk uprightly and produce the fruit of the Sprit in our lives.
As our relationship with the Lord continues to grow, with each passing day, our hearts also continue to change. We are being molded to become more like Jesus. And on top of that, out of our love for Him, we will want to walk in obedience.
In the book of Genesis, I love the way the Bible says that Enoch “walked faithfully with God” (Genesis 5:22,24). And the Bible also tells us that Noah “walked faithfully with God” (Genesis 6:9). We too can make it a practice to walk with the Lord, every day. And as we walk with Him, we will walk like Him.
If we abide in Jesus, daily, we will naturally grow to be more like Him. God will lovingly mold us, like an experienced potter who molds the clay into a masterpiece. We just have to show up, every day. Spend time with Him. Make Him our number one priority. We will never regret it. We will find so much peace and joy in life when we learn to abide in Jesus.
Dear Jesus, thank You for revealing so much truth to us in Your Word. We learn so much about You when we read Scripture. We learn about Your character, and it guides us to become more like You. Help us to abide in You daily. And help us to walk like You did. We are so grateful for You, Jesus. And we love You! It is in Your amazing name we pray, Amen.
Gratitude Challenge for 2022
If you want to end 2022 on a positive note, then perhaps you will consider finding several things you are grateful for each day, through December 31. You can either write them down, or simply say a prayer of thanks. When we read about Jesus’ life, we see many instances where He gave thanks. If Jesus felt gratitude was important, that tells me that walking in gratitude is vital for us as well.
© 2022 Bridget A. Thomas
 When the Enemy Strikes by Dr. Charles F. Stanley. A must-read book!