God is the same yesterday, today, and forever! The same is true of God’s kind intentions. Paul wrote to the Ephesians and said. “Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (Ephesians 5:1-2 NIV).
We are to mirror God the Father’s heart on earth. Jesus replicated the Father’s heart by showing love. He revealed the Father’s love by touching lives: teaching the truth, healing the sick, raising the dead, feeding the hungry, setting free those captives from demons, and showing love to all He met.
God loves; he initiated the plan of loving by sending His Son, Jesus, to redeem us. Jesus had a plan, and His plan was a mission with a purpose. His short ministry was only three years and was limited to the people around Him that He could reach. What a difference technology has made for us. We can reach unlimited people in a time-efficient manner with social media. Jesus was mindful of the opportunities that He had and was purposeful in executing them.
If we walked with the purpose of God’s mission, as Jesus did, there is no limit to what we couldn’t accomplish for the Lord. God’s design and plan for us have not changed. His original intent was to make us holy by transforming us into the image of His son. His original reason is also the same: He loves us and wants to invite us to fellowship with him. We are to show His love to others, causing them to desire to join in this fellowship of love. God’s will for us is to love each other and God, live a life of love, and replicate that love in others. This type of love will cause you to be holy and set you apart from the world.
Let God’s love define His purpose for you. Ephesians 4:1-2 says, “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” The apostle Paul and Jesus encouraged us to love one another. Not a worldly love of appreciation or as a slave loves a master; we are not prisoners of God but objects of His love. We should display our love for God by loving Him for who God is. He is a good, loving, wise father that gave us the wonderful gift of salvation. When we love like Jesus, we are an extension of His work here on earth. Let the love of Christ overflow through your words, deeds, and actions. Lead others to the Lord with love!