Saturday, December 18, 2010

He Came to Love

Lately, I've been thinking a lot about WHY He came. Often we get the "focus" of who this season is about .... but do we really stop to let the WHY penetrate deep within us? Enough to change us? And to transform us into action?

Often we fall into two different groups during the holidays. Group One: Joyful Joe, Shopping Susie, Baking Betty, Light-Up-the-House Lenny, Frantic-but-Fun Florence ... you get the picture. Or perhaps we find ourselves in Group Two: Grieving Georgia, Teary Twyla, Sad Sally, Hurting Henry, Mournful Molly ... again, you get the picture.

It's easy to get lost into Group One or Group Two and totally miss WHY He came. And no matter what group you're in ... the message is so important. Whether your greatest stress is figuring out what buy Grandpa this year ... or figuring out how to get out of bed in the morning ... each can distract us from WHY He came.

How about you?, have you considered lately WHY He came? Not just THAT He came ... but WHY He came? He came to LOVE. He came to love you ... me ... the lost ... the orphan ... the murderer ... the child with a debilitating disease ... the thief. You see ... we are all in the same group when it comes to WHY He came. His love is for EACH of us. And when we GRASP that ... it should spur us on to show that same kind of love to others. That's not always easy to do. But we have His example to learn from.

I love JJ Heller's Song, "What Love Really Means". It so beautifully describes God's love for us. Do you know His love? There is only ONE that will not hurt, disappoint, deceive, lie, steal, betray ... and He came to LOVE YOU ... and to love me. Sometimes the realization of that love is the only thing that gets me out of bed in the morning. Be prepared to be forever changed once you realize the depth of His love. It will spur you on to live radically.

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