John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” (RSV)
Probably no verse better represents the Christian faith than this verse. The focus on this verse is usually on the process of salvation. We believe in the work of Christ on the cross resulting in our salvation. Once you are saved, you enter into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Out of your relationship with Jesus, you live for His purpose. 2 Corinthians 5:15 says, “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.” Christians often change the focus of their relationship with Jesus to a “me-centered” relationship – what can God do for me? Developing your relationship with Jesus can be helped by focusing more on the beginning of this verse. “For God so loved the world.” Grasping the magnitude of God’s love for you and the world, while allowing your life to be absorbed into God’s love, can transform your relationship with Christ. As you walk with Jesus on a daily basis, focus your life on Him. Do not compare yourself to Jesus – but keep your eyes on Him, asking for His full work in you and His revelation. Instead of dwelling on your deficiencies, ask God to reveal more of His life to you. Pray for God to conform your life to His as He reveals more of His character, love, and compassion. As you look more upon Jesus and allow His love to be absorbed in you, your life will be lifted to a new level of relationship with Him that will position you to be more “God-centered.” It is out of a “God-centered” life that real fruitfulness is born.
Isaiah 64:8 “Yet O LORD, You are our Father. We are the clay, You are the potter; we are all the work of Your hand.” (NIV)