Knowing the Father is another step into living a godly lifestyle. It is impossible to be godly without knowing God Himself. One of the ways we get to know Him is by understanding what he expects from us.
1 John 2:3-5a
We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them.
- Obedience is key to living a godly lifestyle. It is a very necessary part of the kingdom lifestyle. I will dare to say that your increase in godliness is determined by your obedience to the Father.
- Obedience to the Word is proof that we know the Father. (1 John 2:3).
- Obedience is an expression of our love for the Father.
- Obedience is proof that we have faith in His promises.
1 John 2:5b (NIV)
This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.
This statement is simply giving us a tool to do a personal evaluation. If at any given time you wonder whether or not you are living in God, ask yourself this question “Am I living as Jesus did?”
As a way of living in God, we must live as Jesus did. One statement that governed Jesus’ life here on earth is John 5:19 (NIV).
he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.
So, when you live as Jesus lived, you are living up to the standards of the Father. Amen.