Welcome to the daily devotional we have. This is a learning process for me as I go along and I hope you can join me. I will pick a devotional on www.bible.com (feel free to go there and pick the same reading plan) and be posting the verse(s), devotional, and my own personal commentary. Feel free to leave your own commentary in the comments as I would love to read your guys thoughts. Also, I will have a video that relates to the devotional.
This devotional is titled “Authentic”. It is 7 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing. Cody Hahn will be assisting as well with guest commentary.
1 John 5:13-15
“I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life. And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.”
What do we know is certain? We all have a deep desire for certainty. People search in different areas of life just to find out something for sure. As you look at God’s design for our lives, true certainty comes from only one thing. In Hebrews 11:1, the Bible defines faith as being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Isn’t it amazing that the one thing God told us we can be certain of, an eternal life through Christ, is something we can’t physically hear, see, or touch?
What we do have is a promise in His Word. Authentic believers live this life certain of one thing: we can overcome this world through Christ believing that our eternity comes from knowing Him.
Today’s Challenge: Today you can declare to devote your life to the truth. Though we cannot truly predict what the next hour will bring, we know the One who holds the future. His name is Jesus Christ. The more we trust that, the more it will be evident in everything we do. When it’s true in our hearts, our actions can’t help but to begin to follow. Jesus tells us the greatest commandments are to love God and to love others (Matthew 12:29-31). From this day forward, declare to live your life with these commandments at the top of the list as you become the authentic follower of Christ.
Authentic believers have no issue believing God loves us because they know it never fails. Our love may/will fail and we are not perfect. However, God is and to be authentic we need to strive to live as Jesus did. I am happy to do this series with Cody as we both get to give you our views on the devotionals. Being authentic isn’t something we just do. Sin is what we naturally do. Being authentic is a choice that we must make everyday as sin is constantly fighting us and overflowing the world.
Yesterday we talked about the biblical truth that God is love. I said that I believe that if we Christians really understood that we’d live our lives differently. We’d also live our lives differently if we truly understood the truth of 1 John 5, if we kept the promise of eternal life with Jesus at the forefront of our minds our perception of everything would be dramatically different.
These seven topics on being an authentic Christian aren’t rocket science. We aren’t called to be perfect, but we strive towards Christ’s perfection. We shouldn’t fear God’s light, He wants to highlight our victories not our faults. While God doesn’t expect us to be perfectly free from sin, He does desire us to cling to the grace and freedom through Christ Jesus. We can enjoy the things (even the geeky things) of this world, but as long as we don’t place this world above Him. We are children of God, and acting like it means acting like Him; that is to say showing His unconditional love to all. We do that because God is love. And finally, we should always remain confident of His promise of eternity spent with Him and in remembering that showing His love to others should be a joyful task.
Being authentic isn’t complicated, God’s plan for his children isn’t either. These seven steps are a great start to being an authentic Christian; they each focus on God, His unconditional love and awesome grace, Christ’s wonderful sacrifice for us and the Holy Spirit’s working through us. Christianity is not intended to be overly complicated, Jesus made it clear:
Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.’ This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Law and the Prophets hangs from them.” (Matthew 22:37-40 MSG)
That’s it! Is what you are doing reflective of Christ’s love? That’s the key! I really enjoyed being a part of this devotional series, and I really appreciate you guys reading along with Wesley and I. Thanks and God Bless!