– Charles Ikutiminu
Love: The Strength of the Great Commission
The church must realize that its biggest strength is love. We must fill ourselves with the love that flows from the cross, the love that Jesus said to the Father, “Is that what You want of Me, to give My Life? I will lay it down in obedience to You.”
17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.
The Great Commission must be rooted in the understanding that our true power is not just the authority that we have over darkness (and yes we do), it is the fact that the love of God is our greatest source of strength.
There is more love and God wealth in us than the hate that is in the world, that is why even in communities where believers are being persecuted, we need to keep the witness of Jesus there.
No man should die without hearing this gospel at least one time. It is their spiritual right. Not because they earned it, but because Love gave it.
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Love is the power of the Great Commission, it is what sent His Son, not for the lovely, or those that will accept. Endless Love sent His very best for the world.
If the power of the Great Commission of the Father sending Jesus was love, the power of the Great Commission of Jesus sending us must still be love.
So many times we take our eyes off His love and put them on the action of the people, then we say; ‘those people are killing Christians, there is no way we are going to show them the love of God or witness to them.’ They have been mean to us and persecuting us, yes, but our eyes are not on them, our eyes are on the Love that sent His Son that secured authority for us and said go and love them for me.
You see the making of disciples is actually rooted in love. How do we know that? By this shall they know that ye are my disciples if you have love one to another (Jn. 13:35).
God gave me this illustration a couple of years back about a cup that was full of junk; black filthy granules junk. And He said there are two ways; you can pour it out or you can put it under the water faucet and let love keep pouring in. If you leave that cup under a water faucet overnight and you come in the morning, it will have clean water, darkness and junk is displaced.
Another illustration here is the sponge because it has spaces. So if it is immersed in love and you pull it up out of water of love, it goes everywhere spilling what it contains.
Your heart was designed to contain and carry love, and for love to flow through you. He made man in his image (Gen. 1:27). We were designed not only to carry His image of love, but for love to flow through us also as witnesses for Him.