Sunday, November 5, 2023

Focus on Christ! (1 John 2:6)

Greek students, shortly we will be in the book of 1 John. For the most part, you'll find its grammar fairly straightforward and easy to follow. 

A notable exception is this verse:

It's very likely that when you look at it for the first time, you'll get a charley horse between the ears. Not to worry, though. Despite its complicated syntax, its message is clear. This verse is so important that I've committed it to memory in Greek. Here's its message: When you look for an example to follow, chose Jesus. Every time. Walk "in the same manner he walked." Take your eyes off of everyone else -- be they sports stars or megachurch pastors. Instead, turn your focus to Jesus. This means that (1) you get to know him through a careful reading and meditation on the Scriptures, especially the Gospels, and (2) you emulate his actions. Examine his life, his teachings, his person, his work, his attitudes. Like a laser beam, let your mind be directed wholly and solely on Christ. As believers, we're called to one Shepherd, one Master, one Lord, one Savior, one Exemplar. Remind yourself every day of his centrality. Then, dependent on the Holy Spirit, live like him. Christ and Christ alone should be the object of our passions and pursuits. Everything and everyone else must take second place to an intimate and obedient communion with him. 

Let me close with my paraphrase of this verse:

"The one who claims to be intimate with God ought to live just like Christ lived." 

Focus on Christ!