What moves us to action? Is it a cause or injustice? Is in money or power? Is it that we are determined and self-motivated?
Life lived for things not eternal will not outlast this life.
For the believer it is Christ’s love that compels us. The most compelling thing in the Bible is Christ’s love. We must also be convinced of the depth of his love, which is the gift of life and eternal life. You cannot give what you don’t have. Only the one who came before and is eternal can give life that is eternal.
It is the gift of life that showed the compelling love of Christ that brings forth life in us.
14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 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 5:14-15New International Version (NIV)
Excerpt from the sermon…
Christ, by virtue of him being God makes him worthy of worship and praise.
Christ in his sacrificial death on the cross is also worthy of our love and affection.
Many will choose one or the other or neither. Some only wanting to love themselves or others. Still others do not worship and honor him as Lord. Still others choose only to love and worship self.
Jesus asked the disciples, “who do you say that I am?” We too as modern disciples must answer this question with our words and deeds.
Do we honor and obey Jesus as Lord? Do we love him as Savior?
If we don’t see him as Lord we will neglect to worship. If we do not love him as Savior we cheapen his grace.
How will we respond to the will of our Lord and the love of our Savior?
Our lives will reveal our hearts. Is Christ first in our lives? It has to be first true of the members before it is true of the body. May we put Christ first each day.