“And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he commanded us.”
1 John 3:23 (ESV)
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For the past several months, I’ve been intentionally asking the Lord to give me opportunities to love people more and to love people well.
He’s answering that prayer, though differently than I anticipated, I think.
It seems He’s answering in the simplest way imaginable (though it’s really not simple at all). By bringing just one individual to me at a time to love more and to love well.
He’s leading me to discipleship with just the one (or two), to praying for just the one who needs to read each blog post, to being fully present in each moment so that I can invest in just the one in front of me, to making a difference to just the one instead of one thousand.
It takes intentionality. It takes vulnerability.
It requires me to be all in.
It may not be building much of platform or making much of a name for myself.
But it’s showing Jesus to that one. It’s kingdom work. And it’s beautiful.
It may not change the world. But it may change that one.
And I kinda love that.
“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 4:11-12 (ESV)