29 Nov A Generous Love
I am beginning to understand why some theologians describe God’s love as a fountain, for the love between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit overflows with abundance. Our God is a generous and sharing triune God; He has chosen to share this abundant and overflowing love with us. Through the incarnation, the Father sent us his son Jesus, who was loved before creation. God sent the Son that we may know him, for it is through the Son that we know the Father.
“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me.” John 17:24-25
Even now, we have been given the Spirit to guide and teach us! (John 16:12-14) Everything God does for us, in creation and since, has been out of a generosity of his love. We are built to receive it, to reciprocate and echo it, and to be in relationship with one another. Even writing about it now brings me great joy, but at times we may forget that this is the motivation that should drive us.
Yevette and I have been torn between the pressures of networking and promoting the Servant Teams program.
As we wrestle with this, we are coming to the realization that when we let the pressures and insecurities we have get into our heads, the motivation we work with in promoting and networking for the program becomes a task. Just another job. But when I think about God being so gracious to share the intimate and flourishing love of the Trinity with us, I recall that Servant Teams is so much more than a job for us both. It’s a call. While we feel called to developing this program, the bigger picture is that we are all called to be in community with one another. The heart of being in community should never be task oriented, but rather, relationally generous. Yes, we want to be strategic in networking and obtaining participants and financial supporters. We don’t want the relationships we establish to be founded in the pressures and insecurities that come with a job. Instead, relationships should be pursued through the abundance of love from the Father to the Son and through the Holy Spirit. We should all strive to echo the love given to us by our God; a love that is never lacking but overflowing. The more we shift our perspectives to thinking in this way, the more we grow in our excitement to meet the people that the Lord puts in our path and those he has called to join in supporting our vocation. I end this blog with an encouragement of abundance in your relationships. That they be overflowing with love and generosity. We pray that his love will continue to be shared, expressed, and lived alongside the people and communities around us.
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