Jesus Came to Get Messy
This You Tube video helps us to better understand why Jesus came into this messy world. We invite you to watch it. Essentially, Jesus did not come to this world to enjoy life here. He came with a servant’s heart to be our savior. He knew His mission and fulfilled it ultimately for our sakes. Jesus knew ahead of time that being a servant can get messy. But that didn’t stop Him. He willingly emptied Himself of all but Love, to bridge the gap between us and God. Without His sacrifice, there would be no hope for any of us.
Jesus, Our Messy, Loving Savior
In Philippians 2 we’re told:
“Christ Jesus who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.“
Because of God’s deep love for us, Jesus entered into the mess we have made of this world. He did this to make a way for us to truly connect to God and each other. Jesus did what needed to be done through His birth, life, and death on the cross. Furthermore, the way He lived His life, He set an example for us to follow.
We are told:
“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped…” (See: Philippians 2:3-8)
Messy Life, Messy Love
What does this have to do with how we live our lives together as husband and wife? Love is messy, just as life is messy. Living with, and loving each other is complicated because we are complicated. That’s a fact of life! Even so, we are told:
“Beloved, let us love one another. For love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God. If we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.” (1 John 4:7-12)
The Messy Mission
Are you finding it difficult to show love to your spouse? You’re in good company. We all wrestle in that difficult mission. But anything worthwhile, is worth persevering through to get to a better place. We challenge you to join us in this mission of love—showing God’s love. Ultimately, we are to do what God tells us:
“Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.” (Ephesians 5:1-2)
Show love, even when it gets messy. Persevere, just as you promised you vowed you would on your wedding day. Love “for better or worse, for richer or poorer, till death parts us.” We pray you will!
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