Knowing and doing what is right
And now, dear children, remain in fellowship with Christ so that when he returns, you will be full of courage and not shrink back from him in shame. Since we know that Christ is righteous, we also know that all who do what is right are God’s children. 1 John 2:28-29 NLT
We can see nowadays the discontentment of people that is caused by the lack of meaning and purpose in life. This is why it is very important for a person to come to know Jesus by having faith in Christ. It is through this relationship with God that will provide the sense of purpose in life. The Spirit of God lives in our lives and He guides us to a life that honors God. John emphasized in 1 John 2 the difference that God makes in the lives of believers who have dedicated themselves to do what they know is right. God has changed them that they are now motivated to obey Him and to remain true to His calling. Before, they were deceived by the lies of the devil this is why they resisted God. Now that they know they have fellowship with the Father through Jesus Christ, they are confident at the prospect of being with Jesus when He returns. They frankly and boldly talk about their faith. They know that through the Holy Spirit’s leading and God’s Word, they can live right before God. God who is righteous will bring out in the life of His children the righteousness that He provided them. They are set to do the will of God and pursue a life of godliness. When Jesus returns, the question that He asked in the parable of the unjust judge is also the question He raises to us: “When the Son of Man returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?” (Luke 18:8). When He returns, will He find believers faithful to His calling? Will He find them doing what is right in His sight? The believers are not passively waiting for Christ’s return but they are actively promoting His Kingdom and His reign. Christians are not praying when life becomes difficult for Christ to return soon so they can shrink on their responsibilities, they pray for His return because they know that Christ can find faith on this earth. When we think of the imminence of Christ’s coming, let us take spiritual inventory of our lives and see whether or not we will enjoy experiencing having fellowship with Christ for eternity. “Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. Test yourselves. Surely you know that Jesus Christ is among you” (2 Corinthians 13:5).