the why

by Pastor Mark Jordan

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever IMG_1113believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:26, NIV)

This week’s daily waters were written to help us better understand salvation. We began by exploring Jesus’ interaction with Nicodemus where we learned we must be born again, and he gives us the opportunity to begin again through the forgiveness of sins. Next we explored what sin is, an archery term that describes how we “miss the mark” by not aiming for God’s target, but our own. Then we acknowledged that God cannot have anything to do with sin, but sent Jesus to die for us to pay our sin-debt in full. All of this is God’s gift to us, which we must accept our need for a savior, believe in Jesus as our savior, and confess to God and others as we aim to live for him.

Simon Sinek is a writer and speaker who talks about what sets some organizations apart in excellence from others. Sinek points out the difference is understanding, and starting with, the why, not only for the product, but also for the existence of the organization (you can learn more by watching this TED Talk). When we look at this in spiritual terms, and the gift of salvation, it is inspiring, encouraging, and empowering to consider the why…the answer is simple: you.

As I wrote the other day, God sent Jesus to die for your sin, because he could not stand the thought of eternity without you. That is God’s why. Why would he send his one and only son to die for you? Because he loves you and he wants you with him in eternity. That is why!

Do you believe this? Will you accept it and confess it? Eternity depends on it, for you and others.

“This is love: it is not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son as the sacrifice that deals with our sins. Dear friends, if God loved us this way, we also ought to love each other.” (1 John 4:10-11, CEB)

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for loving me and offering me the gift of eternal life with you through the forgiveness of sin. Forgive me for the times I might wonder how you could love me, but I thank you for why you did what you did…and do…for me. I accept you, believe in you, and ask for your help to confess this to others so they, too, can know the why of your love. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.