Do Something Church: A church body that is committed to doing what Jesus did in His Body with the intent of establishing pervasive hope.
Today we continue our study of the Do Something Church. We learned that we must count what we can do for our community. Then, as Jesus did, we walk to those places in order to be present for those in need. Next we ask questions to find out the needs of the people, as we may or may not know. And finally, we provide love and healing for those needs.
John 3:16 says, For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
To illustrate this kind of selfless love, Pastor Miles presented a scenario. Imagine a bridge over a river that parts in the center to lift itself, allowing boats to pass underneath it. The bridge is not able to do this on its own; an operator is working this mechanical wonder. When he sees a boat coming, he stops the car traffic, raises the bridge, and allows the boat to pass.
One day he takes his son to work so that he can show his boy what he does. At one point, the father sees a boat coming, stops the traffic, and is about to raise the bridge when he notices that his son is somehow stuck in the gears of the bridge. If he raises the bridge, his son will die, but if he doesnt, the boat will crash and everyone on it will die. The bridge operator gives up his son so that many others may live. Remind you of Anyone?
1. Love must be directed toward everybody.
John 3:16 says, For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. This is arguably the most famous verse in the Bible, so it may seem trite, but it is incredibly important.
God loves everyone. Jesus was sent to die for all our sins. Whether you go to church every Sunday and walk according to Gods Word or you murder people our of hatred in your heart, God loves you. (This doesnt mean that He loves your sinful actions.) Our love must be the same way. We are to love everyone regardless of what they do. (Keep in mind that loving everyone doesnt mean giving those people whatever they want. God loves you and you dont have everything you want for good reason).
2. Love is self-sacrificial.
Reflect on Gods action in John 3:16 and the story of the bridge operator. Neither one needs to give up his son so that others (us) may live. They do so out of love.
Parenthood is another example of self-sacrificial love. When a baby is born, her parents have a respect and love for new life, but what can the baby do in return? She cant eat by herself, clean herself, or move from place to place by herself. She is messy and noisy and cant do anything for herself! But the parent provides all of these things without receiving anything in return, simply because the parent loves the child.
Pastor Miles gave another example of this love. What would happen if we found a baby lying in the street by itself crying? We would all go to help it because we have a natural compassion for babies. We need to have that kind of love and compassion for our fellow man just as God has for all of us.
3. Love produces eternal God-likeness.
Miles brought up some advertisements that you probably know. Burger King says Have it your way. You can do it; we can help! is from Home Depot. But what would God say? Matthew 11:5 has the answer, as Jesus gives a message to John the Baptist: The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them. In other words, Jesus changes lives. And ultimately that is what God wants us to do as well.