John 3:17: “God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.”

Isn’t it great to receive a raving performance review? It will make our day to hear how we have exceeded expectations. And yet, there’s always this element of fear before we walk into the room to listen to our supervisor’s take on our performance – because our achievements as well as our shortcomings will be assessed, that’s just how it goes.

Every day people pass judgment or are being judged. We may not like that, but we know that this is how our society works. In the drift sand of anarchy and lawlessness mankind would have had no chance of survival. That’s why ultimately the law was given to mankind. The criminal justice system keeps things at bay, but it does not bring salvation.

Judging a person, we will most likely miss the whole picture. Try as we may, our judgment calls are flawed. The only perfect judge of a situation or a human being is God. Still, being judged by God is not a good situation for us either. Although God is a fair judge and His judgement is 100 percent correct, our death is the direct result – thankfully, God is the first to lament the cruelty of judgment and the finality of it.

That is why God sent His Son into the world – particularly not to judge the world – since judgment obviously initiates no happy ending – God sent His Son into the world to restore and save humanity. That’s the best possible outcome for a bad situation we got ourselves into. He came up with an unusual salvation plan. God becoming human is very unusual to say the least. But then His love is quite unusual too, and it’s His love that motivates His sacrifice. No measuring of His love is possible. God’s love meter goes beyond all expectations. His passion for us is an undying flame.

Looking at the way God chose to save us is looking at a divine love declaration written all over the skies, a love letter written in stone. It’s love that never goes away. God is in permanent search mode looking for the lost and broken and reaching out daily. His call goes around the world. Given all the effort He has put in, can you imagine His joy once we answer His call and grab His hand? Like His love, His joy is immeasurable.

Saving us is no easy business. It requires blood, sweat and tears, but feeling guilty about that would be entirely counterproductive. If we asked Jesus how He feels about us after all that He had been through, He would probably say that the last thing He wants for us is feeling guilty all the time. He voluntarily sacrificed Himself to save us, and His gift comes with absolutely no strings attached. I believe we make Him happiest when we accept His gift and never look back.

“For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” (John 1:17)

Proverbs 22:6: “Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.”

Getting to know Jesus is the beginning of a very good story! Personally delivered, your loved ones are the first to read you. Your story will include divine encounters where paths cross. Lives will be touched along the way, and lots of good things happen, whether or not you are aware of it. That’s the power of truth!

God is in the business of truth-telling; however, here’s the kicker: if there was a point in your life when you first realized who Jesus is, then this was revealed to you. In Matthew’s gospel we read about a conversation Jesus had with His followers. Jesus asked them point-blank: “Who am I?” Here is Peter’s answer (Matthew 16:17):

Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.’ Jesus replied, ‘Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.’”

Jesus makes it pretty clear that Simon Peter is no genius who just figured out who the Messiah is. Believers are no geniuses. Believers are receivers, and truth-receiving is a gift from God. Like any precious gift that we receive, we need to cherish it. By respecting the Holy Spirit we guard this precious gift. Conversely, if we ignore the Spirit of God long enough, that gift will be taken from us; left to our own devices life quickly becomes bad news. Anybody who is a parent knows what happens if children are left to their own devices: nothing good comes out of it.

The Holy Spirit is a wonderful teacher constantly speaking truth into our lives. Ever been on a crossroads and listened to that voice inside of you nudging you to do the right thing? That is God’s Spirit parenting us.

Throughout our lives our Father in Heaven is constantly assessing our situation to help us find the truth. In the history of mankind He has touched countless lives, revolutionized human thinking, prevented evil from taking over our planet, and has exponentially grown a movement that started with a famous few. Our Heavenly Father is teaching His children well!

Jesus went through hell to be God-in-the-flesh. He walked this earth teaching and revealing Heaven’s Kingdom to us. Jesus taught His contemporaries well, and His legacy continues on.

Our triune God is an inspiring teacher. Touching our lives, our examples can grow multiple seeds of blessings, which will scatter worldwide. That’s the blessing of exponential teaching – an enormous ripple effect for sure; and that, my friend, is the legacy you can leave behind!

Teach your children well, their father’s hell did slowly go by,
And feed them on your dreams;

Teach your parents well, their children’s hell will slowly go by,
And feed them on your dreams.”
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Lyrics