“My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.3 And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments.4 Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, 5 but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: 6 whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.”
I used to work in a petrol station. It was a pretty easy job. It involved chatting with customers, making sure they were well served, upselling as many products as possible. Restocking shelves, keeping the store clean etc. The more I got to know my boss and how she liked things being run, the easier it was, because I would be corrected less often, i kept her happy, and i kept her boss happy too. I knew my higher boss a little, but my nearest boss knew him better. So as she knew him and i knew her, we all got along and everything worked out well.
For example, he liked us being in ironed shirts. But she didn’t mind because I was on the morning shift and she knew everyone was half asleep so it didn’t matter if my shirt was neat because i could always wear a jacket over the top. But she hated mus being late, so I would get there early.
I wore the uniform, i knew the company and the systems. I was a petrol station worker.
If i know Jesus, then i know who he is. I know his preferences, i know his loves, i know how his systems work and how i can effect them to work better or worse. And he knows we aren’t going to always be perfect, just like my ironing is never perfect, i can always wear a jacket. Jesus calls us to aim at not sinning and living under the advocacy of Christ to the father as the righteous one.
Change is inevitable in a cycle like this. Walk towards perfection, but when you fall, know that you can get up confidently and keep walking. He doesn’t give up on us.