The Apostle John writes: “The Presbyter to the chosen Lady and to her children whom I love in truth – and not only I but also all who know the truth” (1:1). The chosen Lady is, of course, a specific church and her children are the men, the women and the families that dwell in that church; not unlike where you yourself attend? These words were written some millennia ago, but do you read them as if they were addressed to you and your church? If not, why?
Anyone can make things difficult, there is no particular strategy or art found here; it is actually very common among those who consider themselves most enlightened. Consider the man who observes and seeks the truth; why does he seek simplicity? Albert Einstein said: “The definition of genius is taking the complex and making it simple”
One of the enlightened scribes came forward to test Jesus. Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest? Jesus replied: “The first is this: “Hear O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! “You shall love the Lord thy God, with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these” (Mark 12:28-31).
And John writes to us. “But now Lady, I ask you, not as though I were writing a new commandment but the one we have had from the beginning (1:5). The same words that Jesus quoted to the young, or maybe old, but enlightened scribe: Hear O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone! Therefore, you shall love the Lord thy God, with your whole heart, and with your whole being, and with your whole strength. Take to heart these words which I command you today. Keep repeating them to your children. Recite them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them on your arm as a sign and let them be as a pendent on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your houses and on your gates (Deuteronomy 6:4-9).
The command is very simple, simple to remember and simple to follow; you just have to overcome your personal will? Remember now his promise that he made to them. The Lord will beat down before you the enemies that rise up against you; they will come against you in one direction, and flee before you in seven (Deuteronomy 28:7).
What then shall we say to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31) Ain’t it so!