Grace Unleashed: the Love of Christ Compels Us

For the love of Christ compels us, because we have concluded this:
that one has died for all, therefore all have died:
and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves
but for him who for their sake died and was raised.
1 Corinthians 5:14-15

“Why bother?” the cynic may ask.unleashed (2)

  • Why launch 100’s of people all over the local community to do good works?
  • Why have sign-ups for weeks on end?
  • Why print 100’s of lime green T-shirts to wear?

Simply put: the love of Christ compels us! To do what? To share the love of Christ in practical ways.

We share in action: all over our Heartland community we serve others—pressure-washing vinyl siding, planting shrubs, packing food, hammering nails, folding clothes, patching roofs, spreading mulch, serving meals, trimming trees . . . doing whatever it takes to get the job finished with excellence!

We share in word: before we serve, we gather to pray for the project, for those we are helping, for each other. We encourage each other through the day. And, we share with those we are serving—we make it clear that any good work we do is motivated out of a love for Christ. His love is reaching out through us.

We share in unity: because we are passionate about God, we enjoy each other. We are on mission together! This allows us to put aside petty differences of race, class, and status and frees us to love one-another unconditionally.

We share in sacrifice: like the Scripture says above—we no longer live for ourselves, but for Christ. Yes, we can confess together that selfishness can quickly sneak back into our day-to-day lives. But, let’s harness this day of serving to prompt us to make sacrificing for others a lifestyle.

Let’s confess that we’ve lived for ourselves far too long.

Let’s kindle a love for Christ that is so rich that we can sing together, For the love of Christ compels us!

Daryl Pepper, Associate Pastor, Grace Unleashed Director

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