Scripture: John 15 11- 17 (NIV)
Focus: The Appointment
“Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.” Shannon L. Alder
Many are called but few are chosen. That is a phrase that we are all familiar with yet ignore within the world of Christianity. Christianity preaches that all Christians should work towards being like Christ Jesus. Under that notion we are all supposed to give without thinking, teach without judgement and be a monumental example of what true servitude and brother/sisterhood is. Yet, there is another element of being a Christian that is brought to the forefront and encompasses everything there is to know about being Christ-like within the 15th Chapter of the book of John. The struggle of loving people without limitations is the most Godly thing a human can do. It is one of the most beautiful characteristic we can embrace that truly fortifies the almighty whose likeness we are made in. That is why we are “CHOSEN” to love since God is LOVE!
It is not easy to love others, you need a touch of godliness to do so. Love actually requires a certain level of selflessness to be successful. To love you must be passionate about the well-being of others and be willing to do all that you can for them out of love. In verse 16 of John Chapter 15 , Jesus states that “you did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit-fruit that will last-and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.” Jesus let us know within the text that we are chosen to love. We are already equipped to love and we can just follow his example. In the midst of loving people if we need assistance we can simply call on the almighty Father. All we have to do is bear fruit. Bearing fruit may sound like a daunting task but it basically means to sow seeds within others in such a powerful way that they go on to do the same thing and the act of love is reciprocated beyond measure.
It is not easy to love. In order to activate a Christ-like Love within yourself you need to know WHO you are, WHOSE you are and WHERE you are. Once you’ve truly embraced the idea that you are an appointed saint with a mission by Christ and the Almighty Father to love, encourage, empower, equip and expose others to the goodness of God then you will know WHERE you are at all times within your calling.
Ask yourself what you love most about yourself. Describe what those key things mean for the people you hope to touch within your philanthropic work. Outline how your core attributes may be fundamental to the growth and development of others. Lastly, describe your definition of love, philanthropy and how those encompass the vision God has given you for your social outreach.