I'm into week two of reading l John with my online Bible study group. We are just diving into Chapter 2. Apostle John is teaching about obedience and love. This is where the "rubber meets the road" with genuine believers of Christ. A follower of Christ is expected to be 100% obedient to God's commands. It is a "test of genuine fellowship". The total obedience does not happen overnight. Obedience grows and grows as my love for Him unfurls and expands; breaking down walls and boundaries of my old self.
The narrow road leading to Christ is a road that is sometimes salted with cut glass, sharp pebbles, and boulders. There are seasons when I am bogged down on this road. I cut my feet, stub my toes, and have a lot of intense climbing on this narrow road to meet my Lord. I know he watches me struggle. I am alone most of the time, but there are days when He sends angels in disguise. I hear His encouraging words that strengthen me as I run to catch up to the next bend with Him.
When I was a child, obedience was a fickle action. Was I going to rebel, be half obedient, or fully obedient? There seemed to be degrees of perceived obedience when I was a child. I am now an adult and realize that obedience and love walk hand-in-hand. I would rather walk with my Jesus holding His hand instead of walking behind Him and kicking at the dirt.
l John 2:3-6 "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".