How many times have these words been spoken by you? Or to you? When we speak with someone, we want to know they are truly hearing our words and taking them in to resonate and either learn from them or correct an action.
In 1 John 5 the apostle is writing to remind his readers, including us, that we are not like everyone else, especially not like those who are lost and without Christ. Verses four and five explain it this way: For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world–our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
When we accepted Christ we became a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17); we know that verse and can quote it, but are we listening to the words? We are a new creation. Who we were, what we did or did not do, the choices we made, all of it has been covered by the blood of Christ. We are no longer lost, we are no longer without hope, no longer without help; we now are a child of God.
We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true–even in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life (1 John 5:19-20 NIV).
I often hear things and picture snippets from movies or television shows, in this case I hear Scuttle, the seagull from Disney’s The Little Mermaid, when he is telling Sebastian about the Sea Witch’s plans. “Do you hear what I am telling you? The prince is marrying the sea witch in disguise!” *
In our case, we as believers, can fall into the rhythm of day-to-day life and forget that we are children of God. We forget we have the ability to come to our Heavenly Father, we are His children. He will listen to our cries, our hearts, our worries, our fears, and He will offer wisdom, comfort, direction, and correction to us.
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that hears us–whatever we ask–we know that we have what we asked of him (1 John 5:14-15 NIV).
So the thought comes, what am I forgetting? I forgetting that I can come to the Throne Room and present my concerns. The prayers I keep stirring in my mind can be brought to God Himself. The prodigal sons and daughters, the friends who have children fighting illnesses, the monetary worries in marriage, the broken hearts of those who have been betrayed and are seeking healing. All of these things belong at God’s feet. Not in my head and not in my heart.
What a Friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer! Lyrics by Joseph M. Scriven
My heart has been heavy because I have forgotten these words and this truth. O Best Beloved, please let today be the day we remember to listen to Scripture, to the Truth, and live according to the life we have been given in Christ.
The Little Mermaid, Disney (c) 1989