He that does good is of God 3 Jn.11., For whosoever is born of God overcomes the word (1 Jn. 5:4)
What makes a Christian stand out from others? Certainly not judging from his appearances. To a casual observer he is like every other. This conformity is only as far as his physical being. He is made up of flesh and blood, and also it is same in its working.
What motivates him makes all the difference.
Analogy of genes perhaps will explain better: nine-tenths of our genes are identical to that of a mouse. Sixty percent of DNA found in the humans is also found in a banana. With so much in common what makes a man differ from a mouse? Where is the mystery? DNA in a molecule is a genetic universe. A difference of .1 in a molecule would make some 3 million genetic differences. These differences when added up make man distinct from a mouse. Similarly a Christian responds to the world from different set of rules than what governs the worldly. ‘If you do love them which love you, what reward have you? Do not even the publican the same’(Mt5:46) According to the words of Jesus,’Love your enemies… do good to them that hate you..’ Jesus points out why we must conduct thus. “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father is..’(5:48)
A Christian is one who conducts his life on the same example shown by Jesus. There are three aspects that our Saviour exemplified in his earthly ministry: i) that of the Father- God is love 1 Jn. 4:7
ii- God the Son,- Jesus is the Word made flesh. Jn1:1
iii Jesus made the indwelling of the spirit of Truth possible. Jn.15:26
The criteria for success differs. Worldly seeks to possess the world and its glory. The worldly conforms to the traditions and custom of the world. Whereas a Christian seeks to please God. As St. Paul puts it we ‘seek good, acceptable, and perfect will of God’.(Ro.12:2) We seek to be perfected so we guard our lives no only in this world but even for beyond.
In short the wellspring of Christian living is from God. Sustenance from this heavenly source works with his body, his appetites and also in his spirit. It is drawn from his faith in the Lordship of Jesus Christ. There are three things that witness about him that it is so.1 Jn.5:8
God the Father
A Christian has an inner life and it is distinct from what motivates the rest. By faith in the life and resurrection of the Son he has chosen to please God in his interaction with the world. He is among all and yet his attitude towards others is marked by love. God causes the sun to shine on the good and evil. It is all- pervasive and like a father bears the needs of the humanity. It is more objective than involved. Love doesn’t mean he also share their passions or areas that are likely to sweep him away from his standpoint. His standpoint in whichever area he deals with, holds the three-in-one rope-line secure. He cannot let go the three-plaited cord of the Triune presence.
Look at the quality of love. It is not loving only those who love him but in his ability to love despite of many injuries done to him. ‘If a man say I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar’.1 Jn 4:20. This love is built up to be as natural and spontaneous as that saved him from his former life. This speaks of complete transformation he has undergone. It is a new birth. Beginning as babes in Christ his path is mapped and must grow unto perfection. When we speak of love, we have a model of perfection according to which we are daily disciplining our bodies. ‘No man has seen God’ but love as a quality,-God is love, we may translate in our daily lives. (1 Jn.4:12) Love of God is unconditional and he showed it in sending his ‘only begotten son.’ Love is therefore we chose as more desirable than strife. ‘Herein is our love made perfect so may have boldness in the day of Judgment.’ God is of peace and freedom Ro8:6 (To be Continued)