Perspectives

I started a Perspectives course on Monday, and our first lesson showed me how intentional Jesus was in scripture. Every move Jesus made was purposeful-- there was no time to waste, and he knew it. Every action and word was carefully used to teach, lead, encourage his followers. He loved them so much, he wanted to share as much as he could with them. "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another." (‭John‬ ‭13‬:‭34‬ ESV) He left this community that he needed to love one another, in uncomfortable, illogical, painful situations. He wanted them to see a new way to love-- love that crossed races, cultures, backgrounds. I've seen that love shown to me this week, through friends who offer to come over and pack up my messy, too full kitchen; others who willingly volunteer to give up valuable vacation and weekend family time to help move my too heavy furniture; parents who sacrifice Sunday afternoons to break down beds, pack up too many boxes, be a presence in a lonely time. I am loved in a way I don't deserve, in a way that's real and in the midst of my mess. Jesus met people in their current-- he didn't wait for them to become worthy of love. These people met me in my current-- I didn't do anything to be worthy of this sacrificial love. I'm grateful for a God who meets me where I am, and sends people to demonstrate that love in tangible, intentional ways. I started a Perspectives course on Monday, and our first lesson showed me how intentional Jesus was in scripture. Every move Jesus made was purposeful-- there was no time to waste, and he knew it. Every action and word was carefully used to teach, lead, encourage his followers. He loved them so much, he wanted to share as much as he could with them. "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another." (‭John‬ ‭13‬:‭34‬ ESV) He left this community that he needed to love one another, in uncomfortable, illogical, painful situations. He wanted them to see a new way to love-- love that crossed races, cultures, backgrounds. I've seen that love shown to me this week, through friends who offer to come over and pack up my messy, too full kitchen; others who willingly volunteer to give up valuable vacation and weekend family time to help move my too heavy furniture; parents who sacrifice Sunday afternoons to break down beds, pack up too many boxes, be a presence in a lonely time. I am loved in a way I don't deserve, in a way that's real and in the midst of my mess. Jesus met people in their current-- he didn't wait for them to become worthy of love. These people met me in my current-- I didn't do anything to be worthy of this sacrificial love. I'm grateful for a God who meets me where I am, and sends people to demonstrate that love in tangible, intentional ways.