Committed to the Glory of God
- Date: March 13, 2018
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.” (John 15:12)
- From No Greater Love
John's Gospel shows us the overwhelming love of God for us. Turn to John, Chapter 15, verse 12. "This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you." We have talked about the definition of love. There are many sects that demonstrate a great love, one for another. The Mormons are a phenomenal group in the way that they unify themselves and in the way that they care for the community. It's far more than a lot of professed Christians, and it's a very impressive thing. It shows what we can do in our own strength, doesn't it? You'll notice that within that organization there is the emphasis on the "one another" and not an emphasis on "as I have loved you." We want to compare that and look at that a little bit. We have a tremendous family here. We're a people that truly love one another. I mean, dear Lord, consider the time we spend together, and after spending almost every day together, we go on vacations together. When we're on vacation, we can't wait to get home to see everybody again. We have a great gift here. I thank God for it. The family that God has raised up here is a precious gift, and it's worth fighting for to maintain.
But the thing that we have to guard against is creature worship. Our commitment isn't to one another. Our commitment is to the glory of God, so men would see the love that you have and glorify our Father which is in heaven. Don't take that statement lightly. We hear that. Don't take that lightly, because very frankly with a fellowship like this, that's going to be Satan's access to us. If we're not careful, we'll begin to do with the community as we do with our own children. The most damaging blows upon this community of believers have been from parents choosing their children over the Lord. Would you agree with that? What about times we become so close and so intertwined, we begin to protect each other from God like we protect our children from God? We begin to make excuses for one another like we make for our children. We don't want to see other people coming in and involving themselves in the lives of our special groups that we receive our gratification from or break into our community within the community. It requires death to self to fulfill the call of God on their lives as the body edifies itself in love. "But we've already set off a group that we minister to, and they don't need the rest of you. See? They don't need you to speak into this life. That's my gift. That's who I speak into. That's my child. That's my disciple." It prohibits the community, the body of Christ, from bringing the edification that we all need. We're not going to get it from one or two people. We have to be very careful to understand what it means to love one another.
I want to talk about that a little bit. To love somebody is to die to yourself. It's a death to that possessiveness. It's a death to that selfishness from which we receive gratification. It's a death to self and a desire to be used as one that edifies the body of Christ. It put us in a place where we are available to everybody equally. That doesn't mean we're not going to have special friends that we spend more time with. What it means is that when the Holy Spirit speaks to you, you happily leave your preferred group and go care for the people that need care. That's death to self. It takes me out of my comfort zone. It causes me to have to go out and begin to move in faith. We naturally gravitate to those that are lovely in our eyes, and in faith we're going to minister to the less lovely. We're to love one another as He loved us. While we were yet sinners He loved us. As that love of God is being made real in our hearts, and as we begin to understand the redemptive work that's occurred in our lives, we begin to understand the mercies of God. It's as we talked about it the other day: the name of God, the gentleness of God, the kindness of God, the longsuffering of God. That's how we begin to naturally respond to one another. Would you say this morning that you love as you've been loved? How merciful are we to one another? How longsuffering are we with one another? How quickly do we find faults, get irritated with, and get impatient with those we commune with, those that we really do love and try to like? Self still exalts itself too often, doesn't it? We want to take a look at how we can get ourselves involved in becoming those vessels that edify the body of Christ.