Because of Christ's work on the cross and his resurrection, I do not have to face the eternal penalty for my sin. While I may still have to deal with the temporal consequences, there is no longer the threat of eternal condemnation because I am unable to be in the presence of a holy God.
I am hopeful today as I think about how, together, we believers are all on this journey of resurrection and renewal - of recreation as we get closer and closer to the return of Christ. We look forward to and long for the day when our lives will be released from the chains of death and decay. When our bodies will be released from sin and suffering.
“No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.” - 1 John 4:12 NLT
God Lives In Us
It is both amazing and humbling to realize that we get to have a participatory faith and relationship with the God of the universe. 1 John 4 is a beautiful chapter describing the love of God towards his creation, but also is a reminder that it is God living though us that allows others to see God and get to know God.
The full expression of God's love is manifested in you and me - when we love one another, treat each other with dignity, honor, and respect. When we choose to sacrifice our own rights, needs, and desires and say, I'm here to help - how can I serve you today? When we make it less about us and more about loving one another the God of the universe is seen through our lives.
I'm convicted today to look for opportunities simply love and serve those around me. To not make it so much about me orchestrating some special moment where I can share the Good News, but rather just to love on people. Find out who they are, where they are at, what they are going through, and offer them love, friendship and empathy.
Lord, thank you for loving me and demonstrating that love through your son Jesus Christ. I pray that his life, death, and resurrection would be my focus and motivation. Holy Spirit, give me the courage to love people today in ways that only you can orchestrate. Help me to make today less about me and more about others. May those I encounter see you through me. Amen.
- When you examine your life and daily routine, how much time are you devoting to simply loving people around you?
- Would those you love, lead, and serve see God reflected in your life?
- What can you do today, to rearrange you schedule to allow for more time to love on your family, friends, coworkers, and clients?
Make it a great day!
God is not afraid of the darkness, he tests us in the darkness, he comforts us, calms our fears, and reveals himself to us in ways that cause us to be in awe of Him and understand his glory just a little bit more. This cannot happen though if I am constantly removing myself from challenges at work, dysfunctional relationships, or my calling as a leader for those I love and serve.