My dear children, 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. 1st John 2:1 NIV
It was a simple camp near a spring of water. A stream ran by. They were very far from the nearest civilization and the children were having a ball in this ranch called Battlefields. They spent their days exploring the African wilderness around the camp while their fathers were out. One day they saw some fish in the stream. They wanted to catch them. Nobody was in the camp. So the children took the mosquito net that hung above the bed without asking. They were using it to try and catch the fish when their fathers came back to camp. There was nothing they could say in their defense. Do we know the One who stands to defend us before the Father when we do not have permission for in the way we live our lives?
God created man to worship and fellowship with Him. We are His children. He loves us. He does not expect us to always know exactly what is right or wrong, but He does want us to seek His approval and His heart before we step out on our own. Our Father knew that we needed help walking in a way that keeps us focused on Him. So He sent us His Son, Jesus. He is the Righteous One, our Advocate, our Guide. He is the One who pleads to the Father on our behalf. It should thrill us deep in our heart to have the King of Kings as our Best Friend and Defender. Shall we leap at the chance to grow close and let Him lead us in our adventures today?
Thank You for being there for us! Let our hearts soar to walk with You and let You lead us into the paths You would have us follow today, we pray!