Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.
1 John 2:3-6
The words of 1 John 2: 3-6 deserve more attention because they are a real confrontation for anyone who claims to be a follower of Christ. To say that we know Christ and continue practicing the things of the world are two incompatible things. We cannot say that we are Christians and at the same time partake of things that go against the Christian faith. Being a follower of Jesus Christ urges us to do things in the same way that He did during His walk on the Earth.
Let’s review the Sermon on the Mount in chapters 5, 6 and 7 of the Gospel of Matthew to see the way in which Jesus walked and expects his followers to walk too. I should clarify two things; the first is that the Sermon on the Mount is not limited to the Beatitudes as some think. The second is that because of the extent of the sermon I’m just going to mention the biblical quote without reading the accompanying text.
In the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-11), Jesus praises the poor in spirit, the meek, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, among others. The world tells us to have a spirit of winners and to this end, think positive, believe rich and not let anyone set foot upon us, think first one in the other and wage war if necessary. There are people who call themselves Christians today and act that way because they think that the end justifies the means.
In Matthew 5:13-14, the Lord says we are the salt of the earth and light of the world. The American pastor Vance Havner (1901-1986) said: “We are the salt of the earth, no sugar. Our ministry is really to clean and not just to change the taste.” Walking as Jesus did is not sweeten the ear to the people but to preach the truth, you do not keep them in the shadows but bring to the wonderful light that is Jesus Christ, it is not to teach to break the commandments as the Lord says in Matthew 5:19.
Walking as Jesus did is to love our enemies (Matthew 5:44), not only take care of our family and the others fend for themselves. Walking as Jesus did it is not go hawking our charity (Matthew 6:3-4), but taking care to do good without walking displaying it on social networks to praise us for what we do. Walking as Jesus did is to pray without vain repetitions (Matthew 6:6-7) and use the prayer He taught us as a model, not a meaningless litany.
Walking as Jesus did is austerely fasting (Matthew 6:17-19), not get to invent diets and call them fasting as we continue walking as if nothing without seeking His presence. Walking as Jesus did is to find treasures in heaven (Matthew 6:19-21), not impose covenants with God pretending that He is a broker of the stock exchange which multiply our investment. Walking as Jesus did is to serve God, not mammon (Matthew 6:24).
Walking as Jesus did is to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33-34). And when we look for it, our desire and our concern should disappear because our trust is placed in our loving Heavenly Father. God bless you.