Transformed in My Spiritual Health
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
This is arguably the greatest verse in the entire Bible. There’s a reason it has earned a spot on the bottom of fast food soft drink cups and on signs behind goal posts at football games. Why? Because it is Christianity in a nutshell. It simply and clearly tells us the Good News of Jesus Christ in four points.
God is passionate about you. This verse says, “God so loved the world.” You are part of the world. God loves you. His love isn’t detached and impersonal. It is passionate. Do you know God loves you? He does.
He shows that love by his gift. That’s the second point this verse tells us about God, “…that he gave his one and only Son.” God’s love for you cost him more than we could ever measure. He gave you Jesus. He gave you Jesus to pay for your sins and to provide a bridge between you and God.
The third point we learn from John 3:16 is God’s proposal to us, “that whoever believes in him…” We all have the opportunity to turn to Jesus. All it takes is belief. We don’t have to earn God’s love, all we have to do is accept his love in Jesus Christ.
When we do that we gain the fourth point from this verse, God’s promise, “…shall not perish; but have eternal life.” What a deal! God loves you so much that he gave you Jesus. When you accept his proposal to believe in Christ, you gain the promise of eternal life. That is Good News.
If you haven’t yet accepted God’s proposal, do it today. If you have, live today in light of this verse. God loves you, he gave you Jesus, and promises you eternal life. This is what spiritual health is all about.
(Transformed: How God Changes Us by Rick Warren)