We want people to show the love of God to the world out of genuine love and concern.
When you look around, do you see a lost and hurting world? Do you see the hate that so many of us carry in our hearts, the violent acts that we so commit, the ease in which we can look past the very real need of other people? In our blog about knowing the love of God, we know that our sinful nature has a degenerative effect on the world. The state of our world and the sinful nature of humanity is hard to miss, but the intent of this blog is to illuminate that we are not without hope. That hope is found in Jesus Christ.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” -John 16:33
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” -John 8:12
When we have come to know the love of God, and are growing in His love, we become convicted and burdened for our fellow man. That means we want the world to come to the same saving faith in Jesus Christ. We don’t develop this sense of burden because we want to increase our church attendance, our popularity, line our pockets or anything of that sort. This burden has to do with our genuine love and concern for others because we want them to experience the love of God. There is no other way to heal and restore the brokenness we all experience outside of Jesus Christ. There is also a very real place called hell, and Jesus Christ is the only way for us to not end up there.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. -John 14:6
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. -Romans 6:23
As believers continue to grow in the love of God and experience the outpouring of His love, we want them to show that same love to the world. We want to look around us and see the broken and hurting people in our lives and find ways to make a positive impact on their lives. If that means giving abundantly from what we have then we should give. If that means rolling up our sleeves and getting our hands dirty than let’s get to work.
It means getting on our knees and lifting up those around us in prayer. It means not being afraid to share our testimony and the truth of the Gospel with those around us. It means we won’t pretend to be perfect, and that we will open our hearts and be vulnerable to others. We will never stop looking for practical ways to extend the grace and mercies of God to the world.
This is where we want to end up. knowing the love of God, growing in His love, and showing His love to the world.
That is our heart at Impact; Know, Grow, Show.