Today’s Scripture: 2 John 1
Swimming in the ocean can be a lot of fun! It can also be a little precarious. One time, my family and I were at the beach enjoying the sun, the warm weather, and the waves of the ocean.
We had purchased a little beach tent to keep our belongings safe and dry on the beach, so we set it up and headed into the water. A while later, I looked up from the water and didn’t see our tent on the beach. I thought, “Someone stole our tent! And our all our belongings!” But then I looked a little further down the beach, and there it was—the blue beach tent with our colorfully striped chairs, towels, and bags. The tent hadn’t moved. We had drifted away from it.
Our Christian journey is often similar. Jesus stays the same (Hebrews 13:8), but occasionally, we drift away from him. Suddenly, we aren’t able to see him—in fact, we’re no longer able to see a lot of things clearly—things that were once certainties in our hearts and minds.
There are many deceptive voices roaring like the ocean for our attention, pulling us away from our faith. There are a lot of ideas, opinions, and cultural stances that cause us to drift from how we see Jesus and his truth. Second John reminds us of this fact and that there are things we need to be doing so we don’t drift away from what we know or WHO we know.
In 2 John, he warns that “many deceivers have gone out into the world” who deny Jesus Christ (vs. 7). He goes on to say, “Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked so hard to achieve” (vs. 8). He doesn’t just give us the bad news, but he also provides a pattern to keep what we have in our hearts—the truth of Jesus.
The above visual lays out the exhortations or advice from 2 John. When we continue on the path of walking in the truth (vs. 4), obeying God’s commandments (vs. 6), loving one another (vs. 5), and guarding the teaching of Christ (vs. 9), it is more difficult to be deceived or to drift away from the truth that we know in our hearts and minds. But, when we step out of this cycle, we open ourselves up for deception.
Let me be clear, being a follower of Christ is not about what we do—it’s about what he did. However, this guide for walking with him will help us stay on his path and avoid being deceived by other influences.
Have you noticed a drifting in your life?
Which of these four steps is a problem area for you right now?
A great next step is one you’re already taking by reading this LIO (LivingItOut). Continue to spend time with God and his Word. Journal what he’s telling you through his Word so that you can walk in its truth and obey God commandments for your life.
God, thank you for the steadfastness of your Word and your truth. Help me be diligent to walk in it, obeying the commands you have given me and walking in the love you have for me and others. Help me to guard your teachings in my heart so that I may live for you and in your truth. In Jesus’ name, amen.
This post was written by Kendra Grubinski. Kendra is passionate about her relationship with Jesus and loves studying and sharing God’s Word. During the week, she is a Spanish Teacher at Findlay High School. She also enjoys spending time with her family and pups, reading, traveling, drinking good coffee and being active outdoors.
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