John 15:9-12—I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.
What comes to your mind when you think of love? We typically love in the same way that love has been expressed to us. If we’ve only ever seen examples of human love, the kind of love that sometimes fails, then our image of love has faltered.
But when we have experienced the love that God gives us, we understand what love is really supposed to be. You’ve probably heard of John 3:16, even if you don’t know what it is. Look at what it says: “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” God sent Jesus to Earth to provide us with eternal life. Jesus lived a perfect human life before dying a painful death on the cross. He loves us enough that it was worth it.
Jesus expressed this powerful love because of who He is, regardless of where we are. God doesn’t decide to love us based on what we’re doing right now—He already loves you where you are, no matter what you did yesterday, last week, or twenty years ago. But, He also loves us enough to want to help us grow and mature, so that we can become all He created us to be and do all He has planned for us to do.
When you place your faith in Jesus, you are given the responsibility to produce. All of us have an important role to play in the Church, and no matter what your role is, your ultimate purpose is to point people to God. That’s the main thing. When you’ve experienced the supernatural love of God, you understand how far true love will go. It gives its best and overtakes the world. Nothing will outlast His love. God is looking for His people to step up and permeate Earth with His glory, His heart, and His amazing love.
This post was inspired by my latest weekend message called “Re:Main”. Watch the full teaching here.