“For Christ’s love compels us.” (2 Corinthians 5:14)
When we study the life of Paul, there is no question about what compelled him to live as he did. It was the love of Christ! Christ’s love provided a vision that enabled Paul to endure myriad obstacles and difficulties as he sought to accomplish the mission God gave him. And it was the eternal aspect of life that provided the primary motivation in Paul’s life. He said that he fixed his eyes on the unseen, eternal things rather than the seen, temporary matters of this world.
Something is making you do the things you have chosen to do. Have you figured out what the driving force in your life is? Are you concerned with the temporary, or have you turned your attention to the eternal? We need to ask God to free us from the prison of ourselves, so we can be good ambassadors for Christ. An ambassador is the representative of a foreign kingdom or state who seeks to communicate the interests of that kingdom or state to others. In this case we are communicating the gospel of heaven, so others may have the opportunity to gain entrance to it and have eternal life.
We do not want to be one of those who has received the grace of God in vain. We want to be involved in God’s work in response to all he has done for us! We can do that by being engaged and mobilized for the purpose of helping to fulfill the Great Commission.
God has made it possible for us to be partakers of his divine nature! Christ frees us from ourselves so we can be effective in our service toward others. This is going to be an important part of our story when we stand before him to give an account of what we did with our time, talent, and treasure.
In what ways is God using you to make an impact in his world? What opportunities are currently available to you? Are you willing to be available to God as Isaiah was? “Here am I. Send me!”
“For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: ‘Love you neighbor as yourself.’” (Galatians 5:14)
“But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.” (1 Timothy 1:5, NASB)