That the world may know that God loves them and sent Jesus as a sacrifice for their sins, this is why the Lord has called us into unity with Him. Jesus prayed that we would be one with Him as He is one with the Father (John 17:20-23). His purpose for this was not that we would experience the source of pure, unconditional, life-changing love. That we would experience such glory is simply a result of His plan of saving the world from their sins. He wants none to perish but all to come to salvation (2 Peter 3:9). But what can draw us out of our sin? As believers, we understand sin to be something horrible and ruinous. But the Lord says that He is attempting to ‘woo’ us away from sin (Job 36:16). Woo us? Seriously?!? I have to be wooed away from these things that are destroying me? Well…frankly, yes. I must be wooed.
Sin is wrapped up in the pleasures of the flesh. Anytime we act upon making ourselves feel better in a way that goes against the Scripture, we are loving the flesh and loving sin. We may be Christians and claim to be married to Christ, but we have a mistress and her name is sin and she is found in the flesh. Anytime I can satisfy my flesh, my spirit becomes weak and lazy. Jesus asked the disciples to pray, but they sought the pleasure of the flesh and they fell asleep (Matthew 26:40). Oh…I realize it was in the middle of the night, but they could have chose to pray standing up, walking around to keep their body from sleeping. Instead, they allowed their bodies into a comfortable position facilitating their fatigue taking over their bodies. They satisfied the flesh. Whether it is sleep, drugs, sex, food, fame, success, pity-parties, attention, when we seek these over the work of the Lord, we have engaged in a salacious affair with our mistress. Our heart belongs to our flesh and the Lord pursues us as a passionate spouse wooing us away from our adulterous ways back to His arms. He must ‘woo’ us. He loves us. He is kind to us. It is this love and kindness that draw us out of our sin and into a faithful relationship with Him (1 John 4:19, Romans 2:4).
For those who know Christ intimately, it is difficult to understand why the world cannot see the love of God for them, but they cannot. They see God as restrictive because they are in love with the flesh. God calls them to deny their fleshly passions and desires and seek a higher love with Him. It seems to the world as if God wants to keep them from enjoying life but just the opposite is true. It is a dark cloud, a darkened understanding of who He is that keeps them from seeing the love He has for them. But God has a plan.
He, being the source of Love as a Trinitarian God, calls us to complete unity with Him, with one another, and with the world. As we become One with Him and in Him, His love becomes our love. This unity with the Triune God allows pure love to flow through us as we interact with everyone around us. We are the plan. We carry the love of God piercing the darkness that steals the world’s understanding of His goodness. We are the hands, feet, embrace, words, compassion, forgiveness, mercy, hope, and love of God face to face with the world that they might know that God loves them and has sent Jesus as proof of this love. The unity of believers with the Triune God, who is the source of pure love, is God’s plan for saving the world.
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