“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God…” 1 John 4:7
This simple, yet profound exhortation from the Apostle John is what the Bible says will set us apart as Christians. John goes on to say it like this, “No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” (1 John 4:12) In other words – when we love, like Jesus loves, people see God in us. Not when they see our clever Facebook posts, or see our church attendance, but when they see our self-sacrificing love for others.
Recently, one of my churches small groups had a great opportunity to show sacrificial love. One of the families in the group had recently gone through a difficult time. They had move across state to a new job and home, away from the support of family and friends. Shortly after the move their car began to habitually break down. Mounting repair bills had taken their toll and finances were too tight to buy another car. Some of the members of the group realized what was happening and thought, “We could buy them a car”. It’s one thing to fund a trip to camp, or pick up a meal or two. Buying a car was going to mean serious sacrifice.
After prayer and discussions the group got onboard and bought the family a used mini-van that would be a reliable family car. It was a shock and an extraordinary blessing to their small group friends family.
I kind of think Our Father in Heaven looked down and said, “Yep, that’s what I like to see amongst my children.”
We might not all be able to ban together and buy a car, but we can all love in a sacrificial way. What need can you meet in someone’s life? What ostracized individual can you befriend? What bridge can you build? Where can you love?
Want to see our world change? It will change on the wheels of love.