“Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did” (1 John 2:6 NIV).
The starting point for developing the character of Jesus is to care about what God cares about.
For instance, God cares about the world, so we should care about the world. The Bible says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son” (John 3:16 KJV). That little word “so” adds an extra dimension to the verse’s meaning. God doesn’t just love the world; he so loves the world!
And God didn’t just say he loves us. He acted upon his love. He said, in effect, “I’ll do anything I can to bring you home to heaven, even if it means my only Son dying on the cross.”
God also cares about the church, so we should care about the church. Why? The church is God’s family, and he loves his family. God created everything because he wanted a family. Without that desire, there would be no universe, solar system, earth, or human race.
One day everything else in the universe will be destroyed. There will be a new heaven and a new earth. But God’s family will last forever. It’s more important than anything else on the planet because it’s going to outlast everything else.
To become more like Jesus, ask him to help you love the world and its people—and ask him to help you love God’s family, the church.
Talk It Over
How does what and whom you choose to love reflect your character?
What are some practical ways you can show your love for the world and its people?
How can you grow in your commitment to loving and serving the church? What can you do this week to serve the church more intentionally?
The Elevation Church (TEC) has been set up by God to develop its members as witnesses of Christ while empowering them to achieve the highest levels of distinction in life, led by Pastor Godman Akinlabi, the church is based in Nigeria with multiple expressions in Lagos.