Some further development of my thoughts from Sunday’s look at 1 John 1-2.
All true reality begins with openness and honesty before God and men. The minute we start to act a part, to pretend, to impress others, we step out of the light and into shadows. The life that is real cannot be built on things that are deceptive. Before we can walk in the light, we must know ourselves, accept ourselves, and yield ourselves to God. It is foolish to try to deceive others because God already knows what we really are!
All this helps to explain why walking in the light makes life so much easier and happier. When you walk in the light, you live to please only one Person—God. If we live to please ourselves and God, we are trying to serve two masters, and this never works. Walking in the light—living to please God—simplifies our goals, unifies our lives, and gives us a sense of peace and poise.
John makes it clear that the life that is real has no love for sin. Instead of trying to cover sin, a true believer confesses sin and tries to conquer it by walking in the light of God’s Word. He is not content simply to know he is going to heaven. He wants to enjoy that heavenly life right here and now. “As He is, so are we in this world.” He is careful to match his walk and his talk.
The life that the gospel calls us to is the real life. Think about your life….are you playing the part that people expect you to because its the expected thing to do, or are you living a real life, one that demonstrates an understanding of the greatest truth of all, that if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness? When I think about the reality of my life, I realize that nothing I can do will ever change me from who I was before Christ redeemed me and changed me into the person that I am now. Once I have recognized that, then and only then, will I live the life that is real.