1 John 2 – Mon – 23-01-30

I’ve known some interesting characters in my life. I was recently thinking of my Grandpa Fuller. He lived alone in an old school bus he converted into an RV and workshop. He traveled around a part of Kansas, sharpening tools and fishing. Grandpa had no teeth, one arm and walked with a limp. He usually wore an old seed cap, a t-shirt and a button shirt he never buttoned. He would stop at our house and eat with us, then say, “that tastes all right to my mouth,” or, “that taste morish.” I remember fishing for catfish with grandpa. He always caught more than I did. When I asked his secret, he told me it was all in the way he held his mouth.

I enjoyed knowing Grandpa, but I can’t say the experience transformed me. But knowing God is different. If you know God, you will change the way you act. That’s what 1 John 2:3-6 says, ‘We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.” (NIV)

Today, obey God and let his love complete its work in you.

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