We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. 1 John 2:3
It is easy for people to say that they know someone. People all over talk about knowing famous actors, yet, in reality do not really know the person. They know about the person, but not directly know the person.
This is taken to another level for knowing someone who is an authority. The better a person knows one who is an authority and how much he cares for him, the easier it is to obey commands given. One will be able to understand why the commands are given.
John states that the way to know if one knows God is if he obeys God’s commands.
Obeying God is often seen as one of the hardest things for a believer to do. This difficulty arises because very often what God asks a believer to do does not always make sense, appears to be dangerous or crazy.
People often hold back on obeying God out of fear, not really knowing God and His heart. Stepping into sin and disobeying God will only be done, because one does not know or trust God.
God is perfect love and everything that He does, says or asks a believer to do is done out of that perfect love. He does not give commands just to be a dictator or ruler, but to build the believer up and make him more perfect.
As the believer begins to realize and understand God’s perfect love for him, he will become more willing to keep all of His commands. Obeying the commands will no longer be done out of fear, but out of great love because of God’s love.
Knowing God and obeying Him must go together in the life of every believer.
As a believer, you claim to know and love God. There will be commands in the bible that you have read and there may be times the Holy Spirit tells you things that you must do.
How willing are you to obey the commands God is giving you, whether by the Bible, or through His Holy Spirit speaking to you? How you answer this reveals how much you know God.
Strive to know God more and more each day, so that you can learn to trust His commands more and obey them. Be willing to step out in faith knowing that God has your best in mind.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God and His heart; that you will learn to trust God’s every word; that you will obey every command of God; and that you will truly love God as He loves you.