April 24, 2017

April 24, 2017

Monday 1 John 1:1-4

1 John 1:1-4


We all define ourselves in different ways. Sometimes we define ourselves by our careers, other times it’s by our financial status, other times it’s our moral integrity. We all define ourselves different ways, based on what we assume to be the most important and valuable parts of our character. We take the things we think are most important and let those define who we are.


We open this small book of 1 John by realizing that John doesn’t introduce himself. Instead, he immediately begins, not by explaining who he is, but instead who Jesus is. John identified himself by the insinuation that he had seen Jesus, and that he had been with Jesus and wanted other to know the Jesus he knew.


While others would define themselves as the guy who wrote the gospel, or a great apostle, or the one who Jesus trusted his mother with, John instead defines himself as someone who saw Jesus. He was someone who was lucky enough to know who Jesus was, and he is lucky enough to be able to share that with you. Knowing Jesus was the greatest thing he could think to define himself by, and he was eager to help others know him as well.


When you stop and think about yourself, who you are, how others perceive you, and how you want them to perceive you, what comes to mind? Do you want to be viewed as compassionate? Strong? Tender? Tough? As an intellectual? Or as a sensitive person? How often do you make the greatest part of your identity knowing Jesus? How often is the most impressive and infectious thing about you the way you know and love God? And how often do we prefer to define ourselves by more self-centered things?
What defines you? What do you want people to see in you?