1 John 2:1-6

My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if you do sin, there is someone to plead for you before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who pleases God completely. 2 He is the sacrifice for our sins. He takes away not only our sins but the sins of all the world. 3 And how can we be sure that we belong to him? By obeying his commandments. 4 If someone says, “I belong to God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and does not live in the truth. 5 But those who obey God’s word really do love him. That is the way to know whether or not we live in him. 6 Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Christ did.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

To love God means more than just being enthusiastic about Him. Our lives must show that He is our God. Loving God means doing the work He gives us and applying His instructions to every aspect of our lives. Once we have received His instructions, we must be diligent in carrying them out. Those who love God are led by God. Because we have Jesus Christ as the sacrifice for our sins, we can move into the work of God. All of us have sins from our past that will make us feel unworthy for doing the work of God. But don’t let those sins, that are forgiven and forgotten, prevent you from moving forward into the work that God has called you. It would be like telling God that He doesn’t know what He is doing by putting you into this work. Everything that God does is perfect. You need to show that you love God by hearing His voice and then doing the work He has instructed you to do. Rahab did not allow her past to keep her from the new role that God had given to her. Joshua 2 tells us that she was a prostitute, but that she had a heart open to God. The only thing she knew about God was all the things He had done for the nation of Israel. She did not let her very sinful past prevent her from doing the work God had called her. Your sins have been taken away; do not let them keep you from obeying God’s commandments. Those who obey God’s Word really do love Him.

Have a God Day!