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The Time to Live in Christ is Now

Testify - An Eastertide Journey Through 1 John

My friends,

In the words of the Apostle John:
If we say we have fellowship with God while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” –1 John 1:6-7

In these recent weeks, have you seen the darkness at work in this world? As I shared this Sunday,

If you claim to be a follower of Jesus, the time to live in the light of Christ is now. The time to live in the love of Christ is now. The time to live for Christ for the sake of those who are dying for the world is now. A quote from Pastor Ben Anderson

Spiritual darkness will numb us into accepting more mass shootings on American soil as simply inevitable. The darkness of sin will deceive us into believing violence is the only way to end our pain or bring justice. But in stark contrast, the light of God reveals that while violence may end lives, it does not end pain, nor does it end injustice – it only transfers and multiplies both.

As a Christian, does your heart break for the fact that in our country, we continue to believe the only way to deal with darkness, despair, and death is with more darkness, despair, and death?

Officer Derek Chauvin has been found guilty on all counts of murdering George Floyd. Certainly, this verdict rings true. But do we as Christians recognize the tragic depth of darkness that has consumed both these men, one murdered and one a murderer? There is a better way in which God intends humanity to walk. Jesus calls us to follow Him in this way. Do we hear? How will we respond?

The world is going to behave like the world. But will Christians actually behave like Christ?

To follow Christ–to walk in the light as He is in the light–takes sacrifice. It takes a willingness to lay down our own lives and sacrificially work on behalf of one another for the things that make for true justice and real peace, as God defines them. “Blessed are the peacemakers,” Jesus said, “for they shall be called children of God” (Matthew 5:9).

How are you serving your neighbor today with the light of the truth of Christ?

How are you laying down your life to love others today as Christ has first loved us?

Will you join me in living for Christ now?

By His grace and in His peace,

Pastor Ben