When my nephew Cameron was 10 years old, I asked him what he thought about life. His response, “Life is fun, you just live it until you die.” Now that kind of response is enough to make anyone think about how life should be lived.
There is no doubt we can live life well. And there is no greater calling or purpose for the believer than living life well by imitating our Lord (Ephesians 5:1). That is the very purpose for living, growing in likeness of the Lord while serving Him on earth through Love.
Christ is the supreme example in His self-sacrificing love for lost sinners (Romans 5:8-10). He gave of His life that we might be redeemed from our sin, receive a new and holy nature, and inherit eternal life (2 Corinthians 5:21). Ya’ll, we can live life well! We have the power (through Christ) to make a transformational impact in the lives of others by divine love. We are to demonstrate His love, a sweet-smelling aroma (Ephesians 5:2).
The world needs your sweet-smelling aroma! You are essential for the Kingdom. And you have a Kingdom assignment to be a doer of the Word (James 1:22). Our assignment is to love. Divine love is action, not abstraction. Love is patient with people and does not envy or is arrogant or self-service. It is selfless service to others. Love never wants its own way, neither does it find pleasure in someone else’s sin. Love is knowing oneself is not more important than others (1 Corinthians 13:1-5).
We are born of God, and those born again receive God’s nature (2 Peter 1:4). Since God’s nature exhibits love, God’s children will also reflect that love. We have the power to build stronger families, stronger communities, and stronger churches with divine love. Believers should demonstrate and habitually practice outwardly their inner redeemed nature daily (Romans 12.2)
You may think you are inadequate or have not live up to Taking Love Up A Notch. We are all inadequate and have not lived up to what we should be (Romans 3:23). But Christ paid for your life with His life, this makes you adequate! The supreme evidence and expression of Christ love was His sacrificial death upon the Cross (John 15:13). Believers are called to exemplify the same kind of sacrificial giving toward one another.
The challenge is to Take Love Up A Notch. Ask God each day how you can serve Him by serving your fellowman. Be consciously aware of the needs around you, and diligent in fulfilling those needs. When you have done this, you are contributing to “Taking Love Up A Notch” and a life well lived!