Friday, October 13th
Devotional written by Pastor Steve Day, Care Pastor
CHRIST’S LOVE COMPELS
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 5:14-15
There are so many “drivers” in our lives. We’re driven to get through school – get a job – find the right relationship – possibly have a bundle of kids – make enough money, etc. There are as many motivations as there are personalities. Our motivation can go from 0-100 depending on which buttons we push. Most of the time, we’re motivated based on what we will get from something.
When the Apostle Paul wrote, “…Christ’s love compels us,” he was explaining what happens when God’s Spirit motivates us to share the Gospel with those who don’t believe so that they will commit their lives to Jesus. The love of Jesus compelled Paul. His love was so great that He died for all people. It seems like Paul’s love for Jesus was so strong that he was driven to be selfless (1 Corinthians 9:19).
Don’t you believe that it’s in humility that God’s Spirit speaks to our hearts and that it’s in pride that the Deceiver turns our focus on ourselves? When compelled and driven by Christ’s love, we can’t help but think about the lost coming to God. We begin to think about how to approach them instead of waiting a lifetime for them to seek us out. Each of us can tell the story of what our life was like before Jesus changed it, and we can share the joy of what our eternal future looks like. I’m praying that you’re compelled to become an expression of God’s love to all people, that some might be saved (1 Corinthians 9:22).
Reflection: Read 2 Corinthians 5:14-17. Make a list of what your old life looked like and what you look like now as a “new creation.”