EVERYONE is looking for something to fill the hole that was left when we got separated.
Love is the most important thing in life
Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’c 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’d 40All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
If all of the law, everything in the Old Testament, everything god has commanded us is summed up in these two rules, that would make these two things, “the Meaning of Life”. If this is what life is all about then we should do our best to strive for that, to run after this, to want it more than anything.
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
God is the most important thing in the world, out of the world, period. We want to live life like the “Meaning of Life” tells us to, to Love God and Others. Why? Why would we want that? I mean, It makes sense why GOD would want that, I mean, He IS Love. But why US?
Creation: Everything god made.
31God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.
God called his creation, “good”. God is the ultimate Good. So when He made everything, He was making it to mirror Himself. A little bit of God was reflected in different parts of Creation. God made Creation to point to him. A “Good Mirror”. So why, today, is it so bad? Because sin. We had the freedom to choose, like God, to either live with Him in Good Creation, or to go our own way. When we chose, the Good Creation was broken. This not only meant that we could no longer be with God, it also meant that everything God made to point to Him was also made broken. Not destroyed, but broken. If you look today, you can still see aspects of God in Creation, but it’s not perfect.
God holds everything in his hand. Even time. He sees time stretched out before him. He sees everything at once, he sees the good and the bad. Every life every soul every mind every spirit is in his hand. He runs it, holds it together. He sees your life. Every day. God is Love. He loves you. Cares about you. Why would he let anything bad happen to you? Because
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
When we listen to God, follow his advice, his commands, his ways, He leads us to the ultimate life we can live. What does that look like?
Back to love again
The Meaning of Life is to Love god and to love others. We, as broken humans, cannot produce love in ourselves. All love comes from God
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows
God is Love, and God Is Infinite. God never ends, God never runs out, God is Love… Love never ends, Love never runs out. Love never fails. When we have the love of God in us, when we have God in us, He begins to fill us up with his Love. With his Spirit, with Himself. Not just a part of Himself, but all of Himself. He begins to fill us up with His Infinite love. When we are filled up, the love keeps coming and we can’t contain it, so we pour it out on others.
7 Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. 8 Then the word of the Lord came to him: 9 “Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food.” 10 So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?” 11 As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.”
12 “As surely as the Lord your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.”
13 Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. 14 For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’”
15 She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. 16 For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah.
Everything in Creation Points to God in some way. The Oil and Flour Never Ran Out, The 5 Loaves of bread and 2 fish never ran out, the water from the Rock never Ran out. God can make things infinite, and since God Is Love, Then his Love is infinite, just Like Him. It never Fails, It never gives Up, It never loses hope, Love is the greatest. But what does this Love look like?
2 The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
Jesus showed His love by being a servant. He raised His Friends higher than Himself. That is what love looks like, Making God known and treating others as better than ourselves. Others. God. Love goes out in all directions. And when we unite under this love, when we see the power of His Spirit in us, we have been given Authority to use his power in the Name of Jesus to Love others. WE come together as a Body. As one. Under God, and only under God. Nothing will hold us together longer. Not Music, Not patriotism, not “love” between a man and woman, not even A Camp High.
We are always looking for love. When we broke Creation, we were separated from living with that Love, with God. God is the source of everything good, so without him, there is nothing good… If you think about it, name one person in life who is NOT looking for satisfaction. EVERYONE is looking for something to fill the hole that was left when we got separated. Many people will tell you they found it, they found the meaning of life, that they’ve found everything they need to be happy. But that’s like a newborn baby exploring a bedroom and finding all four corners and saying to itself, “this is truly everything there is”. They only scrape the surface of reality.
The Only thing that can fill that void in us, is something that never dies out. If the hole within us was made when we tore away from God, then God is the only one powerful enough to fill that hole. True satisfaction, true validation, true Love, can only be found in the Creator of all these things.
So if there is a hole in us that can only be filled with something infinite,
And God Is Infinite, God has Love that is Infinite, God’s Love fills the Hole in us.
And we feel satisfied. And we feel Validated. And we feel loved.
And another thing, the love God puts in us, is the same love he puts in anyone who chooses Him. So since we all share the same God, the same Spirit, the same Love, we have something that unites us. Armies are united by love of country, Fandoms are united by love of characters; everyone who works with another human being works with that person because they have something in common.
We have God’s Love in common. When we come together as a Community, we come together under one banner, for one purpose, for one King. And when we allow his love to work through us, together, we can accomplish far more than we could alone.
11Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 12Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
Anything you ask for in my name.
That doesn’t necessarily mean that if we ask for a million dollars in Jesus’ name, that he’ll give it to us (He might, but not generally). “In My name” means we ask on His behalf, doing His will for us. Putting what god wants before our own wants.
That is what community looks like. God’s people putting aside their differences and coming together in the Name of Jesus to do His will, not ours. When we come together to serve Him, He Holds us together. Nothing else can do that.
38 Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. 39 But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.”
When we come together as a Community, Held together by His Love, by putting Him first, then when we pray and ask God for something, when we go out to the streets to serve, when we go out to our schools to live…
We are unstoppable. We are connected. We are not lonely. We are satisfied. We are driven. We Are revival