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John 3:17 (NIV) For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
The word mission basically means “to send.” When a person or a group of people are sent, they are on a mission.
All throughout the Scriptures, as we see the story of God unfold, it becomes clear that His mission was to be with His people. As such, it was necessary that He send Himself (or in this case, His Son) to be with His people.
Because of our modern culture, we forget the significance of this and what it would’ve meant in the ancient world. Back then, every major religious belief saw humankind as servants for the gods. We were seen as lowly creatures, unworthy to experience the presence of the gods.
But the Christian storyline turned this belief on its head. God loved His people so much, and He wanted to be with His people so much, He came down to us. Not to condemn us and point out our unworthiness, but to bring us back into union with Him. God sent His Son, not just for others. God sent His Son on a mission…a mission to rescue and restore you.
READING & PRAYERS:
QUESTION: Be honest: You probably know John 3:16 by heart, but do you see yourself as worthy of God’s love? If not, why not?
Take a Step: Remember to continue utilizing the One Minute Pause app throughout the week. If possible, begin to explore and practice the 3, 5 or 10 minute pause to more deeply root yourself in Christ.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I confess there are times when I know in my mind that You love me and see me as worthy of Your love, but sometimes this knowledge doesn’t fully penetrate my heart. Root out anything within me that may be preventing me from truly, wholeheartedly believing this truth that I am loved by You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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