A Jesus gait (1 John 2:5b-6)

"By this we may be sure that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked." - 1 John 2:5b-6

I'm pretty fascinated by the fruit we bear. I think sometimes the fruit isn't always what we think it will be. That is, there probably is something to being able to judge a Christian by his fruit, but the fruit may be something other than converts. Certainly there are those with the gift of evangelism, and there will also be those who are just probably inherently bad at it. But we should all still be doing evangelism right?

So then if your gifting lies elsewhere how do we tell? If the fruit is less tangible than the number of new believers someone has left in their wake then how do we measure it?

Unfortunately for us in judging others and fortunately for others judging us, I'm not sure its quite so obvious on the outside. I think there is a depth to be found in the believer who really dwells in the Lord. I think we will learn to walk in the same ways Jesus walked as we follow after him.

I study Kungfu once a week and the way I study is to do the exact same thing as my Kungfu master every single time we meet to study. I replicate his movements as well as I possibly can and he corrects my mistakes. The more I follow in his ways the more I do the movements correctly because I'm doing them like him.

In the same way the more we walk like Christ the more we become like Him and this will be visible to others although it might take them digging a little deeper than what's on the surface. The cool thing is that it becomes a sort of assurance of salvation for our friends. I'm sure we have some friends who have just been born again and really don't have their acts together. But those men and women who begin to act and smell like Jesus, it seems we can know that they're in Him.

I pray I can become a person who dwells often enough in the house of the Lord that I begin to feel at home there. The kind of person who follows in the Lord's footsteps enough to begin to walk just like Him, and even mimic His decisions.

Let's walk the same way He walked.