9In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. —1 John 4:9-11
I’ll never forget my son’s two-year-old birthday party. My wife Andrea was frantically preparing to host a basketball-themed extravaganza where the crowning jewel would be cupcakes decorated as basketballs. As the clock was counting down to the arrival of our two-year-old guests, Andrea came into my study where I was frantically preparing to meet a project deadline.
Culinary art has never been high on my list of skills or desires. I’m ashamed to say that my response was less than godly. In fact, it was selfish. It was totally focused on my own project and needs and discounted my wife’s urgent need for help. I let my wife down, but I felt justified as I hid behind a false view of masculinity.
A few minutes later, God’s Spirit spoke to my heart about my unwillingness to serve my wife. It was as if God said, “If you really loved your wife, you would get in that kitchen and decorate those cupcakes!” So, I dropped my project and entered the kitchen.
After skillfully decorating a few cupcake with the “Spalding” logo, Andrea asked me “Why are you decorating the cupcakes?” I answered, “Because I love you.” She later told me that my cupcake decorating was one of the most meaningful acts of love I had ever demonstrated.
Why did it mean so much to her? Surely not because of my Paula Dean imitation! But because of my imitation of Jesus! When I left my world of project deadlines and entered her world of birthday deadlines she felt incredibly loved. That is how God loves you and me! Jesus loved us so much that He was willing to leave His world and enter yours . . . to take you to His!
It’s not until we understand how much perfection Jesus left and how much pain Jesus entered by coming into this world that we will realize how much He loves us. No matter what we’ve done, we have access to the perfection of Heaven and can leave our sin-polluted world if we will only respond to the love of Jesus with faith and repentance.
Jesus came a long way to love us. The most Christlike example of love is when we leave our world to enter into someone else’s world so we can take them back.
Today, someone you know really needs you to leave your world and enter theirs. So, how far will you go to love them? —Trent Griffith
Prayer – Father, show me where I am supposed to roll up my sleeves and jump into to someone else’s world to imitate Your Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus, thank You for leaving Your perfect world to come here and suffer and die in mine. Help me be the kind of servant You were here. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.