“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. (2 Corinthians 5:14-15)
What is it that motivates you? What gets you out of bed everyday? Here in Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians he says that Christ’s love compels us. If you look up the word “compel” in the dictionary it says to “drive or urge irresistibly”. When we experience the love of Christ, we can’t stay silent. We can’t sit still or lean back in our recliners with our feet up and our hands behind our head as if to say our work is done. We can’t go back to our normal everyday routines without a second thought. When we truly experience the never-ending love of our Savior we are irresistibly compelled to move.
Paul goes on to say that we should no longer live for ourselves but for Him. Because we’ve experienced God’s love, it compels us to love others. Not just with words – but with our lives. Whenever God moves in your life, whenever He blesses you, whenever His grace and peace transform you – it’s always bigger than you. He never intends His goodness to stop with you.
Our God is always on MISSION. He’s always moving toward the lost, the hurting the broken. He’s always on a mission to make this world look like His Kingdom. And He’s inviting you and I to join Him. We’re not talking about some low-level motivation here – this is the compelling, irresistible love of Christ.
Prayer: I praise you for your unending unstoppable love. May this love compel me to action. Help me to see others and reach out because you did the same for me. Amen.