“For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh…” (2 Corinthians 5:14–16a)
When we truly experience God’s love, we are transformed into willing servants. Jesus frees us to love and serve others rather than regarding them according to the flesh.
That’s what defined the apostle Paul’s life. It’s why he could say, “For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake” (2 Co. 4:5). With that, Paul challenged the Corinthians to worship and serve together as people who had been transformed by God’s love—and with it, he challenges LifePoint as well.
As you and I come to church this week, will we come as people who are compelled by God’s love? Will we gather as a church that has embraced the way of servanthood? What will that look like for you? Will it affect the way you engage in congregational worship? Will it re-invigorate a passion for your servant role? Will it cause you to give cheerfully? To go out of your way to encourage someone who needs it? To introduce yourself to a first-time guest?
As you consider that, I encourage you to pray, Jesus, I ask that Your love would compel me to serve others for the sake of Your name. That’s a simple prayer, I know. But if we’ll pray it in faith, the Spirit will teach us to live so that people sense the love of Jesus in and among us. Isn’t that what church is all about?
Set List for Sunday, June 17, 2018:
Center My Life (A. Ivey, B. Land)
This I Believe (The Creed) (M. Crocker, B. Fielding)
What A Beautiful Name (B. Fielding, B. Ligertwood)
Cornerstone by Hillsong Worship (W. B. Bradbury, E. Liljero, R. Morgan, E. Mote, J. Myrin)
Jesus Is Better (A. Ivey, B. Land)