1 John 5:1-12
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
This is he who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not by the water only but by the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree. If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God that he has borne concerning his Son. Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son. And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
—1 John 5:1-12 (ESV)
This week we have been encouraged to hold fast to the truth: if we believe that Jesus is the Son of God we are born into a new identity and a new family. This is a family of love, light, and truth.
We have learned that Jesus has overcome this world: although there is still darkness, the shadows are passing away and light is taking over.
God the Father, Jesus the Christ, and the Holy Spirit all testify that this is real, this is happening.
But there is still more work to be done. There are still those who do not believe that Jesus is the Son of God; there are still those who have not been born of God, who are still walking in darkness towards death.
This is truly a matter of life or death. We’re not describing some dramatic and tragic scene from a movie that we can watch comfortably while eating popcorn. This is real life. As ones who have been born of God, our calling is to allow Christ’s light to radiate from every part of us, and to go out and seek those who are lost, just as our Savior did. He left behind every possible comfort and embraced suffering and rejection. He took all the punishment for sin upon Himself, so that we could have life.
Think about that. In light of everything Christ has done for us, how can we possibly choose our own comfort over sharing the Gospel with those around us? God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit are in the world right now, seeking those who are trapped in darkness.
Will you join Him?
Questions for reflection and discussion: Spend a significant amount of time listening to God’s heart. What does he have to say to you? Then step aside and let the Trinity that lives inside you take over. Pray intentionally and ask God to guide you to share His good news this week with someone around you.
This week's devotions were written by Rachelle Wistrand. Rachelle attends Wheaton Bible Church with her husband, Matt, and daughter, Sora. Rachelle worked for several years as the Local Impact Administrative Assistant and Puente del Pueblo Volunteer Coordinator. The Wistrands love being part of the local impact ministries and reaching out to their neighbors.