“Now the whole offer which Christianity makes is this: That we can, if we let God have His way, come to share in the life of Christ. If we do, we shall then be sharing a life which was begotten, not made, which always has existed and always will exist. Christ is the Son of God. If we share in this kind of life, we also shall be Sons of God. We shall love the Father as He does and the Holy Ghost will arise in us. He came into this world and became a man in order to spread to other men the kind of life He has – by what I call ‘good-infection.’ Every Christian is to become a little Christ. The whole purpose of becoming a Christian is simply nothing else.” C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, p. 153
“The most important commandment is this: ... You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength … The second is equally important: Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mark 12:30-31)
“My prayer for all of them is … that just as you are in me and I am in you, so they will be in us…” (John 17:21)
Our primary mission is to know, love and glorify God. God’s purpose is for us to become like Jesus Christ his Son. So what would it be like to relate to God the Father the way Christ does – to share in the same Father-Son relationship? What does it mean to love God and to know God – to have a real relationship with the Creator? How do we even approach God? Do we approach Him as a powerful King, a friend, a daddy, or all of the above? Do we enter His presence with trembling because of His power, or do we approach His throne like a small child would feel safe in drawing near to his loving father – to “Abba” – to “Papa?” God has characteristics of both the lamb and the lion. By following Christ unconditionally and becoming more like Him, we can have a relationship with God the Father and make it the first and most important thing. Everything else flows out of this primary relationship with God the Father. Although blessings, health, and success in our ministry or vocational calling can be good desires of our heart, they are not the central focus of the mission. They are secondary to the mission. (For a great book on this topic, please read “The Papa Prayer” by Dr. Larry Crabb.)
We then are asked to love others out of our love for God – to be a reflection of God’s love to others just as Christ did. It’s easy to recognize a “noble cause” – it is a cause that is about loving God or others. Stated quite simply, our core mission is to love God and others well. Demonstrating the love of God from the core of our hearts to others is what it means to advance the Kingdom of God. To accomplish this, we must “escape the decadence” in our lives, live a life of “moral excellence,” become more holy, and thus learn to “know God better.” If we do this, we will receive the “glory and goodness” of Jesus Christ our King! ... What a legacy!
So make every effort to apply the benefits of these promises to your life. Then your faith will produce a life of moral exellence. A life of moral excellence leads to knowing god better. Knowing God leads to self-Control. Self-control leads to patient endurance, and patient endurance leads to godliness. Godliness leads to love for other Christians, and finally you will grow to have a genuine love for everyone…"So, dear brothers, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen.” (2 Peter 1:3-10)
The Bible teaches that there is only one way to prove to the world that we are true disciples of Christ – that sanctification is taking place in our lives: by our love for one another. (John 13:35) We are then commanded by our King to go and tell and demonstrate the Good News about the freedom, love, and salvation offered by Christ into all the world – to everyone, everywhere. (see Mark 16:15) In other words, we are to “offer the brotherhood of Christ.” So we are here on earth to allow God to have His way with us regarding His mission: to transform us to become more like Christ – to love God and others like Christ. Here is the good news: showing true love for God or others is not something we can “make happen.” Here is the difficult news: demonstrating Christ-like love requires death to self-obsession – which is the great battle of this Great War – and this will be painful. As we die to our flesh and become more like Christ, we will be amazed by our capacity to love. Hang on, God is up to something really good – it’s what we were created for! “Don’t be impatient for the Lord to act! Wait patiently …” Psalm 37: 7, 34 “Those who wait on the Lord will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” (Isa. 40: 31)