A Concise Theology of Changing the World (Volume 2): Love Is The Only Reason For Ministry

The world is being changed all the time. It is being changed for the better or for the worse.

As Dewey Novotny pointed out in his WCS 2.0 session, the 9/11 terrorists were world changers.

The question then becomes, what changes the world for the better?

We believe that love changes the world for the better. That is, love changes the world if it’s a world changing love.

The apostle John describes God’s love as being the motivation for his death, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

Paul describes love as the motivation for salvation, “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ–by grace you have been saved–“ (Eph. 2:4-5)

This points to a simple fact: God’s love is what has been and is changing the world. So it shouldn’t surprise us when God turns to his followers and commands them to love like He does.

A lawyer asked Jesus what the greatest commandment was. Jesus answered very succinctly,

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matt. 22:37-40)

Again, the answer is love. But not just love, the same love God has.

In his second letter, John explains, “And now I ask you, dear lady–not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning–that we love one another.” (2 John 1:6)

This massive theme echoing throughout the whole of sacred writ should convince us that if we don’t have love, we don’t have a ministry because love is the only reason for true ministry.

As that ministry moves forward –the same ministry that Jesus had– we will see more and more people changed to be like Jesus. And that’s what changes the world.