In an age where everyone has distinguished themselves with a personal brand, where corporations work to advance their corporate brand, they spend billions on tag lines, mission statements and catch phrases. They do this all in hope you will buy what they are selling. The church, however, is not a brand or strategy to be bought and sold. The church's defining mark, its sole motivation, is wrapped up in one word – LOVE. “And they shall know us by our love.” It is why we worship, it's why we care, it's why we plant churches, so that others will know the love of Christ. This week’s devos drill down on the topic of love. It's our prayer that you soak it in, and live it out. Also, let others know about our daily devos.
Surrender to Love
“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” John 15:9-12
You have a choice. No one has to get caught in fruitless searches which lead only to entanglement. Neither do you have become a victim of the manipulative ways of the world, or get trapped in addiction. You can choose true love and freedom.
Jesus invites us to abide in His love. To do so, however, we must take the uncharted plunge, we must surrender to Him as our Lord. While this may sound frightening to some people, the truth is that as we surrender ourselves more and more to Jesus as our Lord, we become more alive than we ever thought possible.
The love of the Father is a vast, wide, deep, unmeasurable love that exceeds all knowledge and can never be fully taken in or grasped by the mind. All one can do is continually abide in Him, ever becoming a personal lover of God by learning to loiter in God’s love and enjoying it in our lives.
Jesus found His own deep joy in the love of the Father. We find abundant life only in Christ, by surrendering to Him. For many of us, however, surrender is difficult. We have always fought to win, own, or control things, and we like being in charge of our lives. Nevertheless, Jesus wants us to surrender to Him.
What is holding you back? What battle scars can you point to that reinforce your stubbornness to keep fighting? Tired warrior, it is time to surrender to Jesus. Come now to Him and cast your burdens upon Him. Doing so will free you to live the way God truly created you to live.
Lord Jesus, I come to You weary and ready to surrender myself to You. I want to abide in Your love and drink from Your fountain of life. Receive me, Lord. I am Yours. Amen