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The (Imperfect) Family of God

The (Imperfect) Family of God

It says a lot about Jesus that he chose and handpicked a specific set of disciples, twelve ordinary men that bickered, doubted, betrayed him, argued among themselves, spoke without thinking, and thought they were the greatest(!)… And to think that Jesus knew beforehand what He was getting Himself into. And it says plenty about God that for all these millennia, He would choose to accomplish the great work of spreading His Kingdom on earth through this ekklesia, His church—imperfect humans all of us!

Which means—

  1. God chooses to work with our imperfections and human limitations to accomplish the supernatural. God is gracious indeed! He is very patient and loving, forgiving us every time we fumble, stumble, sin and make messes. God knew what He was getting Himself into when He chose you before the foundation of the world.
  2. The supernatural doesn’t only mean signs, miracles and wonders. The supernatural work of God in us ALSO includes growing in maturity, loving others and forgiving them, seeking His Kingdom and sacrificing our lives for His glory. Without Him, we are nothing.
  3. It would be foolish to think we can be successful on our own… If God doesn’t show up, all our efforts are for nothing. God’s eternal purposes will never be accomplished using human means and strategies, lest any man boast. But then, God never meant for us to accomplish anything on our own strength, power or resources.
  4. He also chose to send the Holy Spirit – his Presence and Power, to accomplish through us what only He can do. We have everything we need! And together as His Family, we are meant to display His power and glory through His Spirit.
  5. We are meant to extend to others the same grace we receive, encouraging everyone to be filled and empowered by the Holy Spirit! We are meant to work together as His Church and show the world what it looks like to live AND work supernaturally, and to be perfected in Christ.

Because as we show the world what it means to be Gods’ Family, they will be drawn to the same God, who loves them through their imperfections, and can give them the same Holy Spirit that perfects them and accomplishes the supernatural through them!

Declarations:

  1. I am adopted into God’s family, so I intentionally create healthy family and community wherever I go!
  2. Because of God’s unconditional, passionate love for me, I unconditionally and passionately love myself and others.
  3. I release the power and love of God everywhere I go!
  4. I speak (and post) life wherever I am (even in social media). I am only going to share and bless others even in social media.
“Do you love Me?”

“Do you love Me?”

Remember that story in the bible where Jesus asked Peter, “Do you love me?” (John 21:15-17)

In John chapter 21, Jesus appears to His disciples after His resurrection. After they ate breakfast, Jesus asks Simon Peter three times, “Simon, do you love me?”

What we don’t notice, however, is the richness of the word Jesus used for “love” in these three questions.

15 So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love (agape) Me more than these?” He said* to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love (phileo) You.” He said to him, “Tend My lambs.”

16 He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love (agape) Me?” He said* to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love (phileo) You.” He said* to him, “Shepherd My sheep.”

17 He said* to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love (phileo) Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love (phileo) Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love (phileo) You.” Jesus said* to him, “Tend My sheep.

If we read it like this, we can almost picture a scene similar to when one would profess his love to his beloved, only to be friendzoned. Jesus is saying, Peter I love you this much! The Agape kind of love. But Peter, in his hesitation, could only muster up enough love to say, Yes, Jesus. I do love you… you know the brotherly kind.

We read in 1 John 4:8 that God is love (agape). Agape love is an unconditional, deep kind of love. It points back to God’s kind of love, so we can see Peter’s hesitance to say the word back. It means to ‘prefer,’ that is, to prefer what God prefers. To ‘prefer’ others means to look after their needs above your own. This means to prefer His will above all, and to agape what He agape. Yes, agape would entail that we love what God loves. And God so loved the world (people)… Let’s say that again… To love (agape) God means that we love (agape) what God loves (agape). Love God. Love Others.

Jesus insisted to Peter, If you love me… then take care of the people I love (my sheep).

A new commandment I give to you, that you love (agape) one another: just as I have loved (agape) you, you also are to love (agape) one another. John 13:34

Prayer:
Father, just as we received your agape love. Help us to extend agape love to others. Enable us through the Holy Spirit to love the way You do. In Jesus name, amen.

Declarations:

  • I am deeply, unconditionally loved (agape) by God.
  • His overwhelming love for me makes it easy for me to love others the way He does.