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Bible Reading: 1 John 2.28-29

Now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming. If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone also who practices righteousness is born of Him. 1 John 2.28-29

I love the scene at a race where the runners are running with spectators on the side cheering them on as they near the finish line. Though I have not ran in many races, the cheers and encouragement of those surrounding the track as I come close to the finish are a welcome sight and joy to the ear when your tank is on empty. The apostle John is doing that here in these two verses. He has just spent some time warning us of the antichrists, those seeking to get us off course in our walk with Christ and now he is cheering us on to continue faithfully in our walk with Jesus until He comes again.

We are encouraged in this marathon of a race to continue “abiding in Jesus”. What does this mean though? John has already pointed out in 2.6 that it is “walking in the same manner as Jesus walked”. Then in 2.7-11 abiding in Jesus is obeying the command to “love one another”. So, as disciples we are to continue to cultivate our fellowship with Jesus, living as He did and obeying His commands.

John’s motivation is the return of Jesus. How do we want to be found when Christ appears? Do we want to be found living in sin or in the grips of materialism? Do we want to be found drifting in spiritual mediocrity or instead living a life of white-hot passion for the glory of God? No doubt we want to be found passionately living for Jesus, so that when we see Him it will be with confidence coming from a free and clear conscience instead of shrinking back in shame.

So, since God is righteous we should live righteously, as those who are born of Him. As Jesus said in John 15.5, “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” We are to abide in the Righteous One, so that we bear His righteous fruit in our lives. So, continue to cultivate your relationship with Christ, pruning what needs to be pruned, living as righteously as Christ did and loving one another.

Weekly Memory Verse: Now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming.  1 John 2.28