the peek of love
The Upward Look, by Jon Forrest
The Peek of Love
Mary Martin, famous Broadway actress who starred in “The King and I”, “Peter Pan”, Oklahoma” and “The Sound of Music”, among others, was asked to share the secret to how well she related to her audiences. She replied, “Before the show begins, I peek through the curtains and while the audience is filling their seats, I look at as many people as I can and say, 'I love you' to each of them."
Do you have trouble telling others about the gospel of Jesus? Is it difficult for you to tell them the awesome news that God sent his only Son to die for their sins? Do you struggle with sharing the fact that he rose from the grave to give them eternal life? Most people who don’t share the most important and best news of all time with others say that they just can’t because they are afraid. They fear rejection or retaliation. They fear that others will think they are wild-eyed radical religious zealots who should be locked up in the funny farm.
In his first letter, John writes an incredible about of information about love. In verse 18 of chapter 4 he writes, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”
The next verse, 19, says, “We love because he first loved us.”
It was God’s love for us that caused him to send his only son to be that sacrifice for our sins. Only love could be his motivation for allowing Jesus to go through the shame and agony of the cross. God peeked through the curtains of heaven, looked at every single one of us and said, “I love you. I love you. I love you and you and you and you…” Then he reached out in love and connected to us through his amazing gift of love and grace.
It is time each of peeked through the curtain of our fear and look at those around us who need Jesus and say, “I love you and you and you and you…”
If you love someone, you want them to know Jesus. Sharing him is the greatest act of love there is. This is a huge part of the mission First Christian Church has shared for over 19 years…
The Expressed Mission of First Christian Church is to…
· Show God’s Love to the Loveless,
· Share God’s Son with the Friendless,
· Shine God’s Light of Truth into the Darkness,
· Shape God’s Church into the Body of Christ.
The only way this will happen is if the passionate motivation of our lives is love, God’s love! And the only way that can happen is if we embrace His passionate love for us. Peek through that curtain with love and you will become a powerful force in the community for the Gospel.
This Sunday will be the day of our congregational meeting. I like to call it a “family meeting.” Before that meeting, we worship together, and I will share the 9th installment of our series The Jesus Difference (part 9) Lessons from 1 John. This message is titled, “A Loving Church Family” based on 1 John 4:7-21. Come and see what it means to be a Loving Church Family. Let’s look at what it looks like, what it does and what is at the heart of this family. FCC is a loving church family. I look forward to sharing this message and day with you.
Loving with his church family,