100-Day Identity Makeover: Day 43
You Are Compelled by Christ’s Love (2 Corinthians 5:14)
“If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor…Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand” (Philippians 2: 2-4, The Message Bible).
I watched my husband, who serves as the chairman of the board at a private school, leave the house with a heavy heart for a meeting with the school’s principal, a student and his parent. The student committed acts in direct opposition to school policy, and the board had made a decision to administer strict discipline. Jon felt the tremendous weight of a gavel in his hands, but when he sat face to face with the young man, he took the opportunity to counsel him. He told the student that it is better his misconduct caught up with him now instead of later down the road. Then he found himself stepping out in a way contrary to the board’s decision. Jon delivered the delightful grace of Jesus to the young man: he said he would go to bat for him if only he would make amends for his wrongs starting that day. Jon also asked the student to avail himself to spiritual mentorship. That very night, the young man went to youth service at his church and rededicated his life to Christ.
Paul prefaced his writing on being compelled by Christ’s love with the truth that we will all stand before the judgment seat of Christ one day. The knowledge of a future court date motivates the believer to please God and to persuade men, “for Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again” (2 Corinthians 5:14-16).
Child of God, you are compelled by Christ’s love to minister God’s reconciliation to those who are far from Him. The Father has allowed you to experience His goodness so that you can pass it on to others. The status you have as one redeemed of God is your catalyst for ministry; it is not a trophy. Philippians 2:3-4 states, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”
Walk It Out Hear God’s Word and put it into practice (Luke 8:21).
Don’t miss another opportunity to comfort those in need and to uphold the ministry of reconciliation.