Once again, we have landed back in the book of First John. In this short passage, John the apostle tells us who he is writing to, as well as why he is writing. These are both relevant and important to us today.
John makes it very clear that he is writing to a group of Christians that he views as little children. These were those who were not fully grown in their spiritual walk. They were not spiritual adults. John was writing to a group that still had some growing to do. I believe that this is precisely why he wrote to them.
John was writing this letter so that his readers may not sin. John wished that his readers would avoid sin at all cost. He was warning them, in a sense, of sin. He was telling them how to side-step it. He wanted them to stay away at all costs.
The fact that John wrote to spiritual children to help them avoid sin is very relevant to us today. Some of us would be willing to help a close friend or fellow church member with their problems. We would be willing to help them avoid sin. Are we willing to help those who are not mature in their walk? Are we willing to help those who have not been to church in months? Are we willing to go to the person who wants to know God, but doesn't know how? What about the person on the street, who just needs to hear the Gospel? Just as John's first epistle is a short letter with a large impact, so could our message be a short one with a large impact on the person who needs to hear it.