The task is huge. We have to get back to basics. What would Jesus do?
John 3:16 tells us that God the Father so LOVED the world that He GAVE His only begotten son......
The love of the Father, that caused Him to give His only Son, flows from the automatic generosity of a heart full of love. Love cannot help but give! And the Father has continued to give and to give and to give again. Loving and Giving were the first response of our loving God to humanity’s desperate need of salvation and restoration. The simple response of love and generosity is enough to change the God hater into a saint, the drunkard into a responsible father, the callous into lovers, to transform families, whole peoples groups, cities and nations.
Today, the Father's heart of love, His method of transforming society, hasn't changed. He still desires to meet every need with all the essence of the eternal God flowing out in His Love and Giving. His body on earth, called the church, is supremely fitted to be the privileged, glorious vehicle for this amazing supernatural work. It is through our eyes, smiles, acts of faith, words and prayers initiated by the power of the Holy Spirit; that we are enabled to manifest Christ's life. This is what we were created for; to be a channel for God's supernatural flow of love.
We as God's people have an incredible responsibility. We are the light in a very dark world, our lives are intended to illuminate our world with heavenly realities so that those living in darkness have hope and can find the way to the Father. We are to not only believe, that Jesus is the Way the Truth and the Life, we are to live in such a way that those about us can see the Way, the Truth and the Life.
There are steps we have to take if any of us is to become the channel for the love and generosity of God. Just believing that we were created for this, is not sufficient. There is an activity of faith that is paramount. For too long the church has been content to believe the right things without doing what we believe. One might believe that with our God nothing is impossible, but until we find ourselves in an impossible situation we never know the power of our God over impossibilities! It's time to stop dwelling upon God loving me; that's the easy part! Now we must so catch His heart of love that we have a testimony, "God's love flows out from me!"
It is time for us to really know God, we have learned about Him, we sing about Him, and even pray to Him, but do we know Him? The life that we need is only present in God Himself. We must hunger and thirst for Him, seek Him with all our heart, not just occasionally; it must become a lifestyle. Don't be satisfied with Bible reading and prayer unless it leads to encounters with the Lord and total surrender to His will and ways. Perhaps you think you are already there, well read with me the testimony of the apostle Paul.
My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Gal. 2:20 - NLT)
It is from the place of crucifixion that the Life flows. Look more closely - The Life is Love!
Our city will be transformed when transformed people, those crucified with Christ, manifest God's heart. It will take giving of ourselves and giving anything else that the Lord requires. If we are surrendered and have been crucified with Christ, we are dead to ourselves, we do not have rights or possessions. All I have is His and all I have came from Him. That's a radical thought! But one that is in the Bible.
We are on the verge of a movement with a new type of Christian; those who live the Bible rather than just know the Bible. These firebrands are like the priests of old, they will never let the fire go out upon the altar of their hearts. The Holy Spirit fills their house and has settled upon them. They are those who go wherever the Spirit bids. They have turned their backs on the gospel that panders to self and promises heaven, but ignores the challenge to be salt and light on the earth, and to suffer with Christ.
On the first pages of our bible we read that we were created in God's image. Well today, God's grace is drawing us back there. He said we were to have dominion upon the earth. Today, there are those in the body of Christ who believe and through their prayers and activity they are bringing the dominion of heaven upon the earth, as the Kingdom of God advances one person at a time.
Everything necessary to transform our society, revitalize our cities, rescue wrecked lives and bring heaven upon earth has been given to us in Christ. Everything for Life and godliness is given to us. See how the Father gives; first he gave His Son, the Son gave the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit has given us gifts so that we too can be true sons of our Father and give gifts to the needy world around us.
We are the sons of God re-created in His image! What a privilege! Let's Be who we are!
Let us capture His heart and give away His love! [RT]
- Eileen Vincent
The heart of this article expressed by this powerful song by Julie Meyer.