Our Bible verse for today: “Dear friends, if God loved us in this way, we also must love one another … We love because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:11;19 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “You are a link in the chain.”
Last Sunday, as they were leaving church, several people complimented me on the sermon. They each made some comment about how it spoke to them, or that it was in some way helpful, and they thanked me for it.
Like you, I appreciate compliments. They’re encouraging and they inspire me to keep going and to keep trying. However, I’m well aware of the fact that I have nothing to share with others except what was first shared with me. Anything I’ve learned I have learned from others before me, and now I’m just paying it forward and passing it along. As a preacher I’m simply a link in an unbroken chain that extends all the way back to the cross on Calvary – and which will continue to extend forward to the day of Christ’s return.
But that’s true for you too, even if you aren’t a preacher. The love of God and the Good News that He will forgive sins through faith in His Son Jesus, is shared and passed along from one person to another, like links in an unbroken chain that extends all the way back to the cross, and all the way forward to the Second Coming. You are a part of that. This is what your life as a Christian is all about.
In 1 John 4:11;19 the Apostle urges us to love others because God first loved us. This unbroken chain of love started with God, was passed along from one person to another, eventually made it to you, and will continue to be passed forward. As has been noted in previous devotionals in this series, God has chosen to use His people to accomplish His work in this world. Although He does do some of it by means of miracles, and some through the ministry of angels, most of His work is accomplished through the lives of the faithful followers of Jesus Christ. The love of God, the blessings of God, and the Good News of the Gospel, all flow to the world through you and me.
You are a link in the chain. This is what your life is about. This is why your life matters.