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Christs Mission Statement
3/28/2013

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.  By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35 (NKJV).

If you’ve ever worked for a corporation, chances are you have been introduced to the concept of a mission statement.  A mission statement can be defined as, An official statement of the aims and objectives of a business or other organization.”  A good mission statement should actually be used to guide the actions of the employees, and the entire organization.  It should set forth a framework for achieving the overall goal as well.

If we were to sum up Jesus’ mission statement for the church, it would be to equip the saints (believers in Christ) for the work of the ministry, which is to love, and serve others with a selfless attitude, and intent to bring glory to God the Father.  In essence, it would be to imitate Jesus.

God’s love for us is unmistakable as he demonstrated it by having Jesus die for us while we were yet sinners (Rom. 5:8).  God didn’t wait until we lived a life worth dying for before He paid the supreme sacrifice—He did it while we were still entrenched in our sin.  God didn’t love us because we were so lovable, He did so because He is love, and is willing to what is best for us, regardless of the cost.  He modeled true love for us so we might know how to truly love others ourselves.

Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. John 15:13 (NKJV)

Knowing this, and remembering that we are to imitate Him can paint a pretty clear picture for how we should love others—even when they are entrenched in sin.  When we love the unlovable, we are really showing who we are in Christ Jesus, and it testifies of His love for us.  Let’s ask God to show us how to love people in this way, and then let us look for opportunities to do so.  Remember Jesus said, when you do it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to Him (Matt. 25:40).

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things today. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained within this devotional, what can we learn about God’s mission statement for how we, as the church, are to treat others?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Can others tell you are a follower of Christ by your selfless actions, and love for others?

APPLICATION: Let’s purpose within our hearts today to love others, and to lay down our lives for them.

LET’S PRAY: Father, we thank You for demonstrating Your amazing love for us, and we ask for You to give us Your heart to love others in the way You have loved us.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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