When Jesus said “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself”, what is He thus declaring to us? He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die, yes, however I sense it carries a deeper meaning within that context.
I sense that if today you and would come into intimate communion with Him in our relationship, allowing room in our heart for the Father’s love to fill and envelop the trappings and distractions of our lives, then the business that occupies a bulk of our time and energy may begin to take secondary status in the light of God’s goodness. It would reflect into all of our relationships in life. “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23)
The cross is the demonstration of the fullness of His love for us.
The question I ask you is; will you love like the Father?
You may not like that question because it takes us off our agenda. It means we then care about others’ stories. I have to care about where others go. It means we care about what God is doing in others’ lives not necessarily confined to being within the church but in every moment outside of the walls thereof; where life meets us daily.
When loving like the Father is our agenda, it doesn’t matter what shows up in front of us because our agenda doesn’t change; it always stays the same.
Jesus encourages us to go beyond our natural instincts. If you learn to love like God loves you will become like your heavenly Father. It doesn’t matter how people or situations show up or appear or what they bring, or how their lifestyle has been; you will love them the same because the Father does. By nature we tend to discriminate rather than affiliate. Loving from the Father’s love changes that radically.
You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. (Matthew 5:48)
Perfection is “not” loving from your actions. You may act loving but that’s not loving. You may say the right things, giving of yourself and even sacrifice of your life and it still may not be done in love. It may be done out of obligation because Jesus commands us to love.
May I encourage us to walk in is a love which flows from the Spirit of God
inside of us. You “will” love from a supernatural love whereas by leaning on “your ability” to love then you will likely fall short.
This is what it is truly to be a child of God. It has nothing to do with our worship, your gifting, abilities, healing, etc. A child of God loves like God. It’s not what you can do for Jesus, it’s how you can be as Jesus.
Only God’s love can transform your situation which may seem quite beyond can be hope of a ready resolution. Only God’s love will change this nation and this world we live in.
May you love from the Father’s heart. If you can’t seem to do that then sit in
front of your Father at the foot of the cross until you get His heart. This is the purpose of the cross. Take it up and follow after Jesus. Your burdens be heavy whereas His are light. He bears the yoke so you don’t have to. Co-operate with his Spirit and live in the joy thereof.
“The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” (John 12:32-36)
Walk in the light of the countenance of His Spirit. Walk in the light as He is the Light of the world and in Him so are you and I.
So may Jesus be thus lifted up in our lives and all people will be drawn to Him. All may not receive Him however they are drawn to the light. What they choose then charts their destination in life but they will have been offered the opportunity. God’s only agenda is to have His love shed abroad in every heart and then reflected unto those of yet others. Multiplication. The gospel of the kingdom is to be shared in every place, and even in every dark corner of this earth and then the end of this world as we know it in it’s present state shall come and Jesus physically returns all things are to be made new again in His Presence. As we further explore the end times that will be content for upcoming blogs. Just keep taking one more step beyond your comfort zone. Remember? Just keep moving. If you are standing still then you are going backwards. Okay, just a little refresher to cap this off today. God bless you in your new found endeavors.
So now it seems you have a better picture of what a child of God is in the eyes of the Father. It is simple; love as He loves.