11 Oct Making Disciples From Love – Not Fear
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. I John 4:18 (ESV)
The gospel says – Jesus took my complete punishment so I could be completely acceptable to God.
From this acceptance, I can obey, and I want to obey. However…
When I believe the lie that I am not acceptable – I obey out of fear to avoid punishment, or to get acceptance.
We have been called and invited into God’s grand redemption mission. God is continuously about eternal work in this temporary world – and He allows us to be a part. How cool! God asks us to “speak of Jesus” as we go – as we live – so He can make disciples in this world. God invites us into this – he doesn’t say – do this or else! Fear of rejection or punishment for His sons and daughters is not a part of how God relates to us
Maybe you had a coach, a boss, or a parent – who used fear to get you to do things. Fear is a powerful motivator for a moment – but it is a horrible motivator when it comes to the long haul. Fear of rejection and punishment causes bitterness and resentment toward the source of our fear. Fear can at times move us to obey – but it can never move us to love. God longs for us to live in His life giving love and joy. He created us – so He could share His joy and love with us. He does not desire just obedience. He wants you and I to see Him as the Greatest Treasure above all things. And, He wants you to realize the Greatest Treasure of All will never reject or punish you. Why? Because Jesus completely took your rejection and punishment.
God is not daring you to join Him in this disciple making endeavor to prove you are worthy.
God is not threatening you to join Him in this disciple making endeavor or else.
God, because of His great love, is inviting and calling you to be a part of something and SOMEONE Great!
As we continue in this endeavor to reshape our culture – may we be moved by the great love of God.
May fear – be something we continue to acknowledge and confess – so we can be freed from its grip.
May we accept His invitation – from our great acceptance.
May we move toward others – in joyful obedience that is full of His love.