And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming. If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him.
1 John 2:28-29
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I sit back and think about everything involved in following our Lord and it all just seems a little overwhelming. Thinking about who He is, what He is, His love for us, His call to us… and all of the implications of these things… Wow!
I don’t want to mess this all up!
Oh sure, I’m confident in forgiveness for sins, and I understand that He is loving, merciful and not interested in a “gotcha” moment, no that isn’t it at all; I don’t want to grieve Him or let Him down. In the text we’ve been looking at, John seems to sense the same kind of thing. He’s taken us through all of these amazing attributes, and he’s taken us through the facts of life in a spiritual battlefield, and now suddenly, he seems to take a little step back to survey the scene, and just as though he were reading my mind, he writes these two verses.
Wow! What do we do now? John’s answer is “continue in Him.” Yes, that’s right; continue in Him so that when He appears we may be confident and unscathed by this world of ours. By “continue in Him,” I think John means that we should simply keep on living in Christ’s image, as He taught us, doing what He did, following His Father’s purpose and not being distracted. We do know that He is righteous; so then, we do know that everyone who does right is born of Him. By “right,” John must mean that they do the things that He would do, so while Jesus is the Model for all of us to follow, when those around us follow His model, we have someone to show us the way when we are confused.
Wow! Once again, the answer is simple, if not always exactly easy.
Yes, dear reader, let’s just continue in Him…