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The More We Walk With Jesus

A pure life where a person NEVER sins is a pipe dream. No one manages it, and those who do drive themselves to distraction because they can’t attain it.  But now, if we can’t attain total sinlessness, if we can’t reach a point in our lives when we never sin again… what did John mean by saying: “I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense– Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.”

Well, John meant that our aim in life should be to avoid sinning.  Consider this illustration….I have often had conversations with people who want to be baptized into Christ, but they’re afraid that after becoming Christians, they’ll mess up and sin again and it will all be for naught. This is a real stumbling block for many people.

Years ago, I came up with a way of helping people to understand what Christianity is all about. I say, “Here’s the deal. The more you walk with Jesus, the less you’re going to sin.”  Then, I engage them in a simple conversation……

 I ask them if they’ve ever skated? They answer, “Yes”.
Did they ever “fall down”?  “Yeah a lot,” they respond.
If they skated again today, would the fall down as much as they did to begin with? “No.”

Then I talk about professional ice skaters. Do they ever fall down? Their answer…..
“Well, yeah, but a whole lot less than you or I would if we tried those stunts.”
“Why don’t they fall down as much as we do?”
“Because they’ve spent more time on their skates than we have.  In fact, they’ve spent so much time on their skates that’s it’s almost like walking for them. But they still fall down — once in a while.”

John tells us he wrote his letter so we wouldn’t sin. The more we walk with Jesus in His light the less we’re going to fall into dark behaviors. But if we do sin… we have an advocate with the Father – Jesus.  You see, all this starts when we become Christians.

Paul writes in Romans 6:3-7 – “…don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.  If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin– BECAUSE ANYONE WHO HAS DIED HAS BEEN FREED FROM SIN. (Copied).