Where the heart of God is lived out is where the Kingdom of God is advanced. Jesus said that He did not come to do His own will, but the will of the Father who sent Him (John 6:38). He lived this to such an extent that He did not just represent the Father, but instead was the full revelation of the Father’s heart. As He said, “If you have seen Me, you have seen the Father” (John 14:7). And as He revealed the Father’s heart, He preached saying, “The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand” all while destroying the kingdom and works of darkness (1 John 3:8).
God is love, and His love conquers all. Jesus revealed the Father in everything He said and did. So every word He spoke, every person He healed, and every demon He cast out was a response and a revelation of the Father’s heart. Even the cross was not a revelation of our sin, but of our worth–of God’s love for us.
But as I have said before, Jesus was not just the full revelation of the Father, but also the epitome of everything the Father has called us to be. By uniting ourselves with Jesus, we have become children of God. As children, we have received the fullness of the Father’s Spirit and love, and also the privilege and responsibility to reveal them. We have taken on the identity of Christ, and so we have taken on His mission. There is no greater fulfillment than to live this identity, and no greater pursuit than to fulfill this mission.
The issue we face is that without living out the mission of Jesus (the Heart of the Father) we only portray an image of religion, rather than the identity of Christ–the revelation of the Father. That image is not advancing the Kingdom or even fulfilling our own lives. Why?…Because the Father’s heart is always in action…Because His heart is not in concepts, precepts, or rituals, but in relentless, sacrificial, audacious love. And where His heart is lived out is where His Kingdom is advanced.
So, the key to living this out is to live from that love. It is to learn to see and live from His perspective, from His heart. If my perspective becomes my reality, then I will never live in the fullness of who He has called me to be and what He has called me to do. But if His heart becomes my reality, then nothing–no feeling, no circumstance, no enemy–nothing can keep me from becoming who he has destined me to be, or from doing the things He has called me to do…the very same things Jesus did.
I am saying this to you because we cannot afford to wait until our feelings and circumstances are aligned before we allow our faith to be active. God is always moving because God is always loving. And it is this love–His heart–that defines us. So we move too…in defiance of feelings and circumstances, and in disregard for the mundane and common.
Heath Adamson once said, “The greatest moments in Christian life do not occur when someone discovers something new, but when someone takes radically what has been there all along.” God’s love is here, it is in us. Those who need His love are among us. Connecting the two is the simplest description of our mission…and the basic recipe for the miraculous.