In a world filled with noise, distractions, ever-increasing violence and rage, it's easy to lose sight of the very reason we were created: to make God known and bring Him glory. In today's show, I'm sharing how to embrace your ultimate calling and walk in love; even when we don't agree.
The world is a mess! It’s filled with so much hate and division, making it easy to lose sight of what Jesus commands of us: to love others.
I mean, how can we love others when they choose to go against what God wants?
In Matthew, Chapter 22, we see an expert in religious law try to trip up Jesus when he asks, what is the most important commandment.
“Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”
Matthew 22:36-40 NLT
In other words, if we want to make God known and bring Him glory, we must love others, whether or not we agree.
Ugh! This is a tough one, is it?
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When we choose to allow God’s love to shine through us, that’s when our purpose shines as we make a difference in the lives around us.
But what about when fellow Christians choose not to walk in love? What if in their attempt to stand firm on the laws of God, they miss the mark?
Well, my friend, that’s exactly what we’re talking about in this episode of A Faithful God Podcast.
We’re missing the mark as Christians
In today’s show, I share a personal story of a pastor who, in his pursuit to bring young people to Christ, he completely missed the message of the passage I mentioned above in Matthew.
I share how this pastor…
- had an opportunity to bring a group of young men and women to Christ Jesus.
- completely missed the opportunity given to him. Instead of drawing them closer to Our Father, he pushed them away.
- how my own son felt during this incredibly difficult time.
It’s a reminder to us that even the most dedicated individuals can falter when they don’t keep Christ’s command as displayed in Matthew 22.
Here’s the thing, my friend.
We’re human. We’ll make mistakes.
But it’s important to learn and grow from these moments, understanding that God’s love is not contingent upon perfection.
what is your ultimate calling
In this episode, we’ll dive into the kind of love Jesus exemplified during his time on Earth.
We’ll turn to the book of John and uncover what Jesus says above love.
“So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:34-35 NLT
And we’ll look at Christ’s message of love as reinforced by John 15:12, which states,
“This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.” NLT
It’s a simple, yet profound command that lies at the very core of our ultimate calling: to make God known and bring Him glory.
And in order to do that, we must love like Jesus in every aspect of our life.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO LOVE LIKE JESUS
But what does it mean to love like Jesus? How can we love others when they’re going against what God wants for us?
Simply put, it means showing compassion, kindness, and understanding to one another.
It means offering a hand of support rather than pointing a finger of condemnation.
And in a world where judgment often overshadows love, this message is more crucial than ever.
Throughout the New Testament, we see Jesus showing great love and compassion for those who lived on the edge of society; those who most would consider not worthy of their time, energy and love
As we’ll discover in today’s show, embracing unconditional love for others will lead to unwavering peace, even in the midst of life’s most painful moments.
Unconditional love allows us to navigate challenges with grace, forgive and seek forgiveness, and build meaningful relationships rooted in love, just like our Lord and Savior commands.
HOW TO FULFILL YOUR PURPOSE
As we reflect on Christ’s example, we’re encouraged to embrace our ultimate calling with love as the driving force.
Making God known isn’t about preaching or imposing our beliefs on others.
It’s about living a life filled with love and compassion, so that others may see God’s light through us and be invited into the glorious life God has for us.
We all have a unique purpose to fulfill, and with our different backgrounds and life experiences (ahem…a.k.a. mistakes), we can offer so much inspiration and hope to others.
One of my favorite quotes is,
“People would rather see a sermon than hear a sermon.”
In other words, if we want to bring people to Christ, we must look for opportunities to walk in love; even when we don’t agree.
That’s the secret to embrace your ultimate calling!
Embrace Your ULTIMATE CALLING
Our divided world is often filled with judgment, but today’s show reminds us that our ultimate calling is a universal one – to make God known and bring Him glory.
We do this by loving like Jesus (not condemning) and by understanding that our imperfections are a part of our journey.
So, let’s embrace this calling with open hearts and open arms.
Today, ask God to allow everyone you come into contact with to see His Love and Light through your words and actions.
Let’s walk in love, as we’re commanded in the book of John, and let our lives be a testimony to the transformative power of love.
In doing so, we’ll fulfill our purpose and honor God’s name, just as we are – imperfect, yet deeply loved.
So grab those earbuds and your favorite beverage and join me for How to Embrace Your Ultimate Calling.
HOW TO EMBRACE YOUR ULTIMATE CALLING
- 00:00 Welcome
- 02:50 What is our ultimate calling
- 03:56 What the church needs to stop doing
- 13:01 How can we model Christ’s love
- 28:12 Why God’s love isn’t conditional
- 32:26 Wrapping Up
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