As you read this, you’re probably coming off a few days of too much eating, too much football, and (even though you would only mumble it) too much family. Then you see this passage exhorting us that THE message is to “love one another”. Ugh, you say. You’ve just had enough of the “one anothering”. You need some time AWAY from one another-ing, some me-time to just do what you want to do. For many of us, that often means entertainment, which could be defined in different ways. However, Carl Trueman, in “Fools Rush In Where Monkeys Fear to Tread”, gives this worthwhile warning, “…the problem of human life…entertainment had come to occupy a place, not as the necessary and momentary relief from a life of work, but as an end in itself. When entertainment becomes more than a pleasant and occasional distraction, when time and income become devoted to entertainment and to pleasure, when sports teams become more important to us than people – even the people to whom we are closest – then something has gone badly wrong.”
We’re called today to awaken from our lethargy due to an over-indulged feasting and to deal with a significant call to remember a key tenet of our response to the gospel. Our time in this life is fleeting, and is too short to spend just maximizing entertainment, and of entertainment becoming the end goal, rather than a respite from our calling. John reminds us that, since Christians are known by our love, we are to show that love by loving one another. If we know the love of God, then we are to show the love of God. So often we let the lack of a feeling of love for our brother or sister lead to a further lack of action of showing of love. To that point, John calls us this morning to let our true love manifest itself in deed and truth.
Rev. Darol Timberlake