Our reading today from the first letter of John is a challenging one. Early in my ministry as a deacon I learned how humbling it is to preach the word of God. The old saying is true. It is easier to preach ten homilies than it is to live one. While it is wisdom directed to preachers, the lesson for all of us is the same. Sure, we can talk the talk. The real question, though, is whether we can walk the walk.
The way we may be sure that we know Jesus
is to keep his commandments.
Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not keep his commandments
is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
But whoever keeps his word,
the love of God is truly perfected in him.
This is the way we may know that we are in union with him:
whoever claims to abide in him ought to walk just as he walked.
Can we walk as Jesus did, or does our faith run for cover when times get tough? Are we really followers of Jesus, or mere posers? The answer we give will determine whether we will walk with him in Paradise.