This has always been so and always will be. From Genesis to Revelation, the call has always been to become more and more like our Heavenly Father as exemplified in Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah. We are commanded to conform our minds, our flesh, our very being into vessels of love towards both Him as well as our neighbors. To love Him is to obey Him, therefore to love Him is to love others.
Lev 19:18 And you shall love your neighbor as yourself. I am YHVH.
Over the millennia, people have struggled to define for themselves what that love should look like. But we were never called to define it for ourselves, it is too great a burden. The Bible defines it for us, from the first word to the last word. That very character of God Himself defines what love looks like. And that is what I am exploring this year, day by day, striving and straining and pressing forward so that I become more and more like Him — not just in what I write, but in what I do, and even in how I respond when I fail.
We are called, more than anything else in our lives, to love God. And we love Him best by how we represent Him to the world. We can either cause people to glorify Him or curse Him, we can be a helping hand or a stumbling block. We owe it to our beloved and blessed Creator to represent His character as perfectly as we possibly can, by turning our backs on our own flesh, our own agendas, our own character flaws — on the things which cause the people around us to hate Him, not for His sake, but for our sake.
Things are serious. We have come to a point in history where we are not hated for the sake of the gospel, the gospel is hated for the sake of a church that has not gotten to know the character of the Father or His Messiah well enough to represent it.
I want to change that in my own life. This blog will be a year long exploration of the revealed character of God, with an emphasis on how I think it should change my behavior, my attitude, my everything. I want this blog to be about glorifying His character, so maybe we can all represent Him as He deserves to be represented, that perhaps we can become the faithful ambassadors we were always called to be.