January 17th, 2011
Written by Anita Carman
Dear Faithful One,
What will it take to protect someone you love? What are you willing to leave in order to secure a relationship close to your heart?
John 1:14 tells us that “the word became flesh, and made his dwelling among us.” Jesus was willing to leave the perfect environment of heaven in order to be with us on earth. Jesus left a perfectly beautiful and safe place to enter a war zone surrounded by enemies. He laid down a royal title. He was surrounded by angels that adored Him but chose to take a chance in a world that offered Him no guarantee of acceptance. Jesus left heaven to come to earth because His love for us was more important than His own safety and personal well being.
What about you? Who would you suffer for? Who would you leave everything for? Who would you take a chance on even if they never loved you back? Loving someone that much was never meant to be a burden but a privilege! If you have someone in life you are willing to risk everything for, you are blessed indeed. To love someone that much is to experience how God feels about us!
God never resented loving us that much. He counted it pure joy and celebration to leave the perfect abode of heaven to move to our side of the universe. God was willing to do whatever it took for a relationship with us. Even when God had no guarantees we would accept His offer of friendship, He still took the chance. Even when God could not trust us, He chose to love us.
Has God given you someone to love? Is God sending you into a new community to express His love? When God calls us to love with no guarantees that we will be loved back, we have been given a divine assignment. Our ability to fulfill any divine assignment must come from God Himself. Any time our love looks like God’s love, we are partaking in something divine. We are reflecting the divine image of God on earth. Are you willing to let God show the world His face through your life?
I pray this devotion encouraged you in a special way. When I pray for you, I hear a victory song. I believe in you because I believe in the power of God’s Word in you as you put His Word into action.