We come together on the first day of each week to express how much the Lord means to us. How we choose to spend our Sundays reflects our opinion of Him. The weekly reminder of the death and resurrection of our Savior sets the tone for the rest of the week. It is also a brief period of time set apart to encourage one another. The basis of it all is Jesus who charts the course for our entire lives.
“…the love of Christ controls us…(2 Corinthians 5:14-15)” This is a powerful, all-consuming reality whose dimensions are infinite. It exceeds our mental capacities to take it in, so we seek the One who does the impossible to help us understand (Ephesians 3:18-20). The fullness of God hangs in the balance. Our lives will never be all that they can be with a minimal comprehension of that love. Expanding our knowledge is the only way to deepen its impact on us.
Mere information won’t get us to the fullness of God. Conviction will. As we allow that remarkable fact, the death of Jesus, to really saturate our hearts we will be transformed by it. That is the fullest expression of His love. He gave His life for us. The Son of God and all that He endured was done for me. Individualize it. Personalize it. Only a heart of stone would remain untouched by such an amazing reality. Unless, we simply refused to be convinced of it.
“…Having concluded this….(2 Cor. 5:14.)”
“One died for all…” There is no discrimination with the Lord. What He did for one, He did for all. As we look at our most hated enemies, we remember that the Savior gave His life for them, too. True, not all will receive the benefits of that death, but it is open for all. Those who choose to accept it can receive the cleansing that only His blood can bring. If the crucifying hands of Pentecost can be forgiven, so can we. “He died for all…”
“So that…” There was a reason. Yes, forgiveness came through that sacrifice, but there is more.
Selfishness consumes us. It is our god. It dictates and manipulates. “Not Thy will but mine,” becomes our prayer. Our joint participation in that death delivers us from such a brutal, destructive dictator. Nothing will ruin us more quickly than biting the fruit of the evil one when he convinces us that our eyes will be opened if we just forget God’s commandments (Genesis 3:5).
“…they who live might no longer live for themselves…” Nothing is more liberating than a life totally given to the Lord. No one could ever love us more. Freed from the inhibiting boundaries of selfishness, we begin to be filled to God’s fullness. Jesus demonstrated them, and we can begin to share in them. God’s fullness. Can you imagine?