“You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength … and Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mark 12:30-31)
“He has sent me to proclaim that the captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the downtrodden will be freed from their oppressors, and that that time of the Lord’s favor has come.” (Luke 4:18-19)
Jesus said, “Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” (John 13:34-35)
“Above all else guard your heart, for from it flow the springs of life.” (Prov. 4:23) Jesus says, “Anyone who does God’s will is my brother.” (Mark 3:35)
“As for me, God forbid that I should boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Gal. 6:14 NLT)
Every being has a purpose or mission. Even Satan has a purpose: “The thief’s purpose is to kill and steal and destroy.” (John 10:10) So what is God’s purpose/mission statement? “All things happen for good for those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose.” (Rom. 8:28) What is God’s purpose stated in the very next verse? “God chose us to become like His Son, so that His Son would be the first born with many brothers.” (Rom. 8:29) God is in the process of transforming our hearts so that we become more like Christ – yes even brothers of Christ – sharing the same Father. Wow – What an identity! What a heritage! What a legacy!
We are being invited to enjoy the same Father-Son relationship that Christ has. Yet this is a process of becoming holy – a saint … becoming who we were created to be – a process called sanctification. And the good news is that He orchestrates this process if we let God have His way with us. “So now Jesus and the ones he makes holy have the same Father. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them his brothers.” (Heb. 2:11) As we become more like Christ, our hearts thereby will desire to fulfill Christ’s mission statement: Jesus said, “He has sent me to proclaim that the captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the downtrodden will be freed from their oppressors, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come!” (Luke 4:18-19) Further, Christ said his “purpose is to give life in all its fullness” (John 10:10) and that his purpose was to be “a King.” (John 18:37)
As we become brothers of Christ – joining Him in the Royal Family – our hearts’ desire will be to help “set the captives free” and to offer “abundant life” by demonstrating and sharing the Good News about the love of God. So we will be taking on the identity and purpose of Christ. Yes, we will want to fight for the hearts of our brothers, our wives, our children, and those persons God brings in our paths. No, this is not the easy road, but it is the glorious road for the few, the chosen – the ones who answer “Yes” to the “no matter the cost” call of Christ.
Humulity in the mission (193 KB)