November 19, 2017
The Compelling Power of Christ’s Love
- Matt Spann -
We do some crazy things “for love.” But there’s a deeper kind of love that goes beyond any kind of romance and has the power to transform your life. That’s the love of Christ. Christ’s love not only motivates, but actually “compels” us. His love is the driving force which sets the direction of our lives. What do you think held Him on that cross? It was the power of His love for you and me that held Him on that cross! “All of these motives, however good, will fail you in times of testings, trials, tribulations, and possible death. There is but one motive that will sustain you in trial and testing; namely, the love of Christ” (Hudson Taylor).
- When you are transformed by the compelling love of Christ, you become a NEW PERSON (v. 17).
When you believe in Christ, God identifies you with His Son to the extent that He puts the person you were before Christ on the cross with Him. That person died just like Jesus did on the cross. That person no longer exists. But just like Jesus rose again, so you too come alive in Christ. In fact, you become a new creation! Have you become a new creation in Christ - transformed from the inside out by the power of His love?
- When you are transformed by the compelling love of Christ, you have a NEW PURPOSE (v. 15).
“What is the goal/purpose of your life?” Jesus came and even died for us to keep us from wasting our lives living just for ourselves. The real measure of life isn’t what you get out of it, but what you give!Have you been so captured by the love of Christ that you live for Him by serving others?
- When a person is transformed by the compelling love of Christ, he gains a NEW PERSPECTIVE. (v. 16)
I Samuel 16:7 says, “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
“Give Me Your Eyes” (Brandon Heath)
Give me your eyes for just one second; Give me your eyes so I can see,
Everything that I keep missing, Give me your love for humanity.
Give me your arms for the broken-hearted, The ones that are far beyond my reach.
Give me Your heart for the ones forgotten. Give me Your eyes so I can see.
How do you see people? Ask God to give you His perspective, His eyes.
- When a person is transformed by the compelling love of Christ, he’s given a NEW POSITION (vv. 18-20).
- Why do I need to make peace with God? We are actually His enemies until we’re reconciled. Yet He is the One who takes initiative to make peace with us and restore the broken relationship! This whole idea of God reaching out to us and desiring to restore a personal relationship with us was new. It’s amazing to realize that not only does God justify us by taking our place on the cross, but that in seeking to be reconciled, He actually is seeking to connect with us in a personal way, to make friends out of enemies! That’s the first understanding of our new position—friend of God. An excellent example of how this works is found in the small NT book of Philemon. And what’s more, He not only paid our debt but became our friend.
- Our new position is that of ambassador for Christ. Our purpose is not to help people feel good about themselves and God, but that they would actually accept His condition for peace by responding with faith in Jesus and His work on their behalf. What kind of ambassador are you? Do you boldly represent Christ to the people around you and share the message He’s entrusted you with? Or do you hold back, thinking that’s the job of someone who’s better equipped?
A PLEA… (6:1-2)
Some of you have listened to the message this morning and you realize you’ve not yet been reconciled to God by putting your trust in Christ and what He’s done on the cross on your behalf. The offer of reconciliation is open now and I plead with you to make peace with God before it’s too late. If you need to get right with God, don’t put it off any longer. Don’t let God’s love and what He’s done for you in Christ be wasted or in vain. Let today be your day of salvation!
You can view the video for this sermon HERE.