God’s Love-Vast, Personal, and Eternal
JOHN SHIRK – The mission of Christ is found in places like John 3:16, which says that “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
God’s love is a big picture love that reaches out to the world, and it is also a personal love, which has the power to transform individual lives like you and me. It’s the kind of love that gives great attention to the details of our lives like the number of hairs on our head. His love is in tune with all our needs and familiar with all our ways. He knows what is best for us and teaches us and guides us with that in mind. His love enables us to have a personal relationship with Him, whereby we can be called His friend. This is made possible by the gift of Jesus to the world to become a sacrifice for our sins.
This emphasis on the personal love of God for us was highlighted by A.W. Tozer, who said, “God does not love populations; He loves people. He loves not masses, but men.” God’s love is vast and personal. It is true that God loves the people of the world. It is also true that God loves you. This challenges us to be personal in the way we reach out to others. First John 4:11 says, “Since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”
That’s today’s Mission Statement for representing Jesus in the world today.