1 John 4; Ezra 1-2; Psalm 91
You may have seen a commercial like this: a man and a woman meet eyes across a crowded room. It looks to be love at first sight. They fight through the crowd so they can meet. When they can finally look at each other from head to toe, the romance is over. They are wearing jerseys from rival teams. They walk away sadly.
This is the attitude that John has in mind when he reminds his readers that there are two sides in this world. “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them.” (1 John 4:4-5)
As followers of Christ we should be listening to God to lead us and direct us. This allows us to overcome the world. The message of the world is “me first,” “personal pleasure,” “get all you can,” “don’t get mad, get even,” or “look out for number one.” How many other clichés could we add? The message of God for Christians is “sacrifice,” “God forgives you, you forgive others,” “care for others,” and “love one another.” Too often we as followers of Christ confuse those messages and act as if God loves us so we can have personal success. The sacrifice of Jesus Christ gives us a message that overcomes that worldly thought.
We have an opportunity to deliver a clear message of God’s love and forgiveness to a world that needs to know of His grace. We can’t do it by wearing the other team’s jersey and focusing on ourselves. We need to wear Jesus Christ and live His message. We are to love fellow Christians and show those in the world the power of His grace.
Lord, let my life reflect Your love and grace. May I always share Your forgiveness with those caught in sin and let me always remember how much I have been forgiven.