The apostle Paul provided Christians with a compelling cause that leads to living a life of both freedom and faithfulness to Jesus.
Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. (2 Corinthians 5:14-15)
The compelling cause for the Christian is Christ’s love. It is the love of Christ that frees us from living a self-centered, self-absorbed, self-focused life. The love of Christ empowers us to trade the love of self for the love of our Savior—the One who died for us, who was raised to life on the third day, and is now sitting at the right hand of the Father in heaven.
Think about what the apostle Paul is really saying in this passage: he is telling us that when the love of Christ rules our hearts, it shapes our lives. Paul was not compelled by the fear of bad consequences when he stepped out of line; he was not compelled by the hope of some reward when he was serving in the center of God’s will for his life. Rather, Paul was compelled to live the life God had called him to live because of the love of Christ—a love that died for Paul so that he might rise above the challenges of daily living.
So . . . what compels you to do what you do? Paul was compelled by the love of Christ in everything he did. Paul’s motivation was not the desire to avoid the pain of consequences or to gain a sweet reward; it was simply the love Christ poured out on him that kept him going moment by moment.
Paul kept both the cross and the empty tomb in view and was compelled daily to live for Someone bigger than himself . . . and His name is Jesus Christ!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!