Read: John 13:31-35
Meditation: “Show and Tell”
E. Stanley Jones emphasized the fact that at the core of Christianity we find a person, not a philosophy–incarnation, not information.
Jesus reveals this in today’s lesson. “Love one another” is philosophy–good philosophy–something every major religion advocates.
But Jesus did not stop there. He added, “as I have loved you.” Word became flesh. A concept became concrete–truth illustrated. Jesus’ example was both the source and confirmation of the message.
The pattern is still the same–the word must still become flesh in order to be understood. We are more likely to say, “I get it” when we see it done than when we only read about it.
Similarly, the world is attracted by lived theology and incarnated truth.
Brennan Manning believed that the main reason the church does not grow is that Christians do not live, enact, behave, incarnate the Gospel—leaving people to say, “There’s nothing to it.”
I completely agree. We do not need another “church growth” conference to assess our situation and propose strategies for increase as much as we need “let’s get serious Sundays”—weekly opportunities to confess that we have failed to turn word into flesh, and to make new commitments to do so.
Our hearts will not feel so phony if we do this, and the world will no think we are selling them a bill of goods.
Ironic, isn’t it that a pre-school activity—“show and tell”—could turn out to be what we need most.