Are You Actively Pursuing the Church's Purpose?

According to Jesus the Greatest Commandments are to love God and love people (Matt. 22:37-40). If you actively and regularly pursue these objectives, you are on a course that follows God's heart and ways. In doing so, you are putting the church body in a position to be the greatest kind of witness they can be. -- "By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." (Jn. 13:35)

A Word of Caution for Those Actively Pursuing the Church's Purpose to Love God & People

Don't rest on your laurels.

Remember the church of Ephesus (Rev. 2:1-7). You can fall from the heights of love. Outwardly you can look like you are doing okay but not truly be fulfilling God's purposes. Don't be deceived.

A Word of Challenge as You Pursue God's Purposes

Stay alert. Guard your heart. You will never fully arrive but always have more room to learn and grow (Phil. 3:12).

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ -- to the glory and praise of God. (Phil. 1:9-11)
 
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge -- that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Eph. 3:16-21)
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