April Article

…the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.    1 John 2:6

We have a cat. A debatable assertion, since most agree that none can truly “have” a cat. The cat decides if you are deemed worthy for it to abide. Our feline is Oscar, a once-stray who communicates his life and times to our son Samuel. Their telepathy is amazing. Pull up a chair and ask Sam about Oscar. You’re in for a long chat.

Oscar has manic territorial instincts. Our other cat had to be adopted out, like one fleeing into a witness protection program. Oscar could not abide competition to the food supply. He lives to guard his treasure; a two-bay plastic dish filled each evening with delicacies. One compartment gets kibbles resembling snack mix. The other, a substance akin to ground-up rodent in savory gravy. Oscar feasts alone. Such is his life: fiercely guard the treasure.

John’s loving call to us in this chapter is akin to this notion of guarding the treasure. We should recount (often) what the Lord has done by removing our sin debt. That “treasuring” should lead us to obedience. We learn in life—hopefully not late—that a right response to one we love (treasure) is in doing what is pleasing to them. So true love has practical application—not just words. The more we know Him, the more we love Him and desire to keep His commands. We recall His “old” command (John 13:34-35), but now with the greater light of what He has completed for us in love (1 Jn. 2:8). Our “proof” of treasuring Christ is absolutely demonstrated (1 Jn. 2:9-11) through the genuineness of our love for all of His “little children.”

So guard the treasure, and share the feast.