14 Christ’s love has moved me to such extremes. His love has the first and last word in everything we do.
2 Corinthians 5:14 The Message
Experiencing Christ’s love empowers us to fully love Him back without reservation or condition. As a natural response to that love, worship becomes much more of a spontaneous everyday activity and not just an act for the moment on a Sunday.
When we lose the awareness of how well-loved we are—we lose the connection between worship and ministry. We become restless, hard-driving and busy when we put ministry ahead of our friendship and relationship with God. We have a notion of wanting to do more and be more and yet feel a lesser sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.
If this is you right now, it is because you have put other priorities ahead of knowing God and letting that knowledge transform and influence your affection towards Him. The only remedy is to return to encountering God’s love in the Person and Work of Jesus Christ.
Christ’s love excites us and increases in us the capacity and capability to do all things for the glory of God.
Ministry is never about doing more for God. It is about doing everything in partnership with God. Then the pressure is not on our performance—for our focus is on God and working together with Him. This togetherness is the basis of our intimacy with God and our strength of serving Him and others.
Stay focused on Christ who is our first love and rest on His love and faithfulness.
When God’s love in Christ takes sovereign control of our hearts, there is no fear or anxiety in serving Him. Simply put, our service is an overflow of God’s love growing in us for Him and others. Then there is tenderness and genuine love in the way we minister and meet the needs of those around us.
Application: What is the Holy Spirit saying to me from today’s scripture reading? What is it saying about God and me and helping me in my Christian walk?
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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