One day I went to a coffee to shop to enjoy my afternoon coffee, as usual. A barista asked me a question, as usual, “Do you need room for milk?”
Yes, this is a simple question. However, the word ‘room’ in the question caught me and echoed throughout my mind the rest of the day. The question gave me a time to meditate and ponder, ‘If you fill your cup to the brim, you don’t need room for milk. If the cup is filled with coffee only, then anything cannot be in.’
The three letters written by St. John say that God and Love cannot be separated in Christ. John states that love comes from God and God is the love (John 4:7-21). He proclaims we love because God first loves us.
And he keeps going on. There is no room for fear in love. Perfect love drives out fear. Therefore, we follow God’s commend, ‘love one another.’
Perfect love drives out fear.
He knew what fear was. He described fear that Jesus’ disciples had. “On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews” (John 20:19). They locked the door from the inside. They locked themselves. Their teacher and master, Jesus, was dead on the cross. There is no future, they thought. Uncertain future made them fear. They had fear because they could not see Jesus any more. Jesus was gone in their sight. There was no more room for hope in them.
Just like Jesus’ disciples, we all have fear. Fear of refusal, fear of failure, fear of alienation and fear of break. Fear sticks to only one sight because fear is the opposite word of Love, not hate. Faith in God’s love testifies love in neighbors. It is reconciliation in one’s relationship. Restored relationship is relationship by empting oneself and by filling with God’s love. This relationship is not related to power. By emptying yourself and filling with Christ’s love, we should then serve one another—it cannot happen unless God’s love works in us.
Let’s go back to our story. Coffee.
Cappuccino—made by adding room temperature milk foam into the room for it. Latte—made by adding high temperature milk foam into the room for it. How about Caramel Macchiato? Add caramel on the milk.
All need empty room for their own unique tastes.
Do you have the room for God’s love in you?
Do you need room for God’s love?
As we empty our room for God, as we open our minds for others’ lives, God comes into us and fulfills God’s will. Cheers!
The Rev. Eun-Joo Myung is pastor of the Federated Methodist-Presbyterian Church. Sermon notes is a column by local religious leaders.