I just wanted to take a moment to share something with all of you that the good folks at Warner and I have been working on. A while back I had written something on the red words of Jesus. My wonderful friend Regina had a great idea – to get the red words out there in a bigger way. To really dive in deep to the love letters in red that Jesus left behind for us.
We want to challenge people to live beyond the grey areas and go boldly RED. Here is a snippet of what’s to come! I’m so excited ya’ll. Jesus is so Re(d)alutionary!!
LOVE: THE RED IN LIFE
“You have heard that it used to be said, ‘You shall love your neighbour’, and ‘hate your enemy’, but I tell you, Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Heavenly Father.”
LOVE. It is the just-born cry of your firstborn son. It is the heartbeat of your forever-somebody. It is the sympathetic tears of a friend at midnight. The prayers of a mother, the strong yet fragile hand of a grandfather . . . LOVE. If life were a box of crayons – it would be the red one.
1 John 4:8 tells us more about the red in life . . .
“Whoever does not love does not know God because God IS love.”
It is breathtaking to think that AS we love we love FROM its very source – GOD Himself. What love this must be! That even when we were sinners . . . Christ loved us. His example of loving us before we deserved was a revelation in red. Never before had someone loved so deeply except His Father. Jesus was empowered with God’s love because He was FROM God. God’s love flowed through Him.
Jesus tells us this in John 17:16-18.
“My teaching is not really mine but comes from the one who sent me. If anyone wants to do God’s will, he will know whether my teaching is from God or whether I merely speak on my own authority. A man who speaks on his own authority has an eye for his own reputation. But the man who is considering the glory of God who sent him is a true man. There can be no dishonesty about him.”
Jesus was an honest guy. We fall short of that honesty ourselves sometimes. The truth shall set us free He says – but sometimes the truth hurts. We often desire to play our Jesus card when it feels good. Our lives are so busy. We push aside what is unnecessary to make our lives easier. We are always trying to declutter our lives. But this isn’t necessarily good. The one thing we cannot afford to push out of the circle is our servant’s heart. Jesus calls us to love beyond the warm fuzzies . . . to love when it hurts. To make ourselves NECESSARY in a hurting world.
How did you make yourself necessary today?