04.06.20 - Live For Love
This week is what has been called in church history as Holy Week. It is a time when we remember the final days of Jesus here on earth as He traveled to (“set his face towards”) Jerusalem to suffer and die on a cross. It began yesterday with Palm Sunday, and will end this Sunday with our celebration of Easter and His resurrection. While our Easter service will look and feel very different this year, it does not change the fact that Jesus has a radical love for us and this was shown by his obedience to suffer and die, and take the wrath of God in our place. What great love we see displayed in this act! Love for His Heavenly Father, and His love for us motivated and compelled Him.
Read II Corinthians 5:14-15. Paul is writing this letter to the believers in Corinth that they should not be motivated to live for themselves but for Christ. But why? He explained that their motivation to live this kind of life came from God’s unfathomable love. They were hopeless, ruined and doomed in their sin. Paul explained that Christ, in His love for them, died a brutal death and experienced wrath and judgment from His Father because of their sins. Then, He was raised from the dead to sit at the right hand of the Father and now intercedes for those who believe in Him. Paul explained to the Corinthians that this was the kind of love worth living for; the kind of love that motivates and drives one’s life.
As one who believes in what Christ has done for you, His love should compel you to live in a way that honors Him. His love must be the answer behind the “whys” of your daily schedule. His love should drive your decisions from the moment you wake up, to the moment you put your head on your pillow at night. You now live not for yourself, but for the one who loved you and laid down His life for you. This is a love that will truly change your life!
Questions for Reflection
What does Paul say should be the motivation behind the way we live our lives?
What does someone’s life look like when they live completely for themselves?
Do you see Christ’s love as an influence in the way you schedule your days? Why or why not?
How can you grow in your love for Christ so that your entire life is ordered around Him?