Today’s WORD (Text) John 3:14-17
And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15/ that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. 16/ “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. 17/ “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
As followers of Christ we are committed to showing Jesus to the world. We believe that Jesus represents God’s unconditional love and ongoing concern for the earth and all its inhabitants. God’s love for the world is rooted in God’s relationship as Creator, Benefactor, Provider and Ruler. We believe that Jesus is the human manifestation of God’s character, power, presence, and reconciling love for the entire world. Jesus’ earthly mission was to reveal God’s loving concern for all humankind. Upon his death and resurrection his disciples inherited the great mission of carrying on Christ’s loving ministry to the whole world. Therefore, he must be lifted up so that others may continue hearing his voice and seeing his works in and through us. Amid all of the hurts, challenges, losses, hopes and possibilities that exists in our world, Christians are committed to showing Jesus, modeling Jesus, and preaching Jesus, in order that others may find hope, forgiveness, reconciliation and unconditional love in his timeless witness as God’s beloved Son. The witness of Jesus transcends cultural, language, social and geographical borders. Jesus Christ truly is Savior and Lord in all the world. Do you believe this?
In your own words, can you say what Jesus Christ means to you personally? If you are a follower of his, why do you follow?
Dear Lord, teach us to communicate our understanding of Jesus, and his ministry to the earth in simple language. Grant that we might comprehend your witness and missional intention in a manner that empowers us to tell the story to others, in the Name of Jesus, Amen.
The Passionary Intention
Today, I choose to live my life with passion. Today, I intend to follow Christ more nearly, love more dearly and incarnate God’s grace more clearly by asking myself three questions:
- Where will I follow Christ today?
- To whom shall I demonstrate Jesus’ love and justice today?
- How can I play my part in practicing the presence of Christ, right here, right now?
The Passionary Movement Word and Witness devotion is published weekdays (Monday – Friday). Dr. Jeffrey Haggray, Executive Director of American Baptist Home Mission Societies is the author of today’s devotion.
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