“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son.” Most of us are familiar with this famous text out of the book of John. In fact, most people probably can quote John 3:16 without opening a Bible. But, do we realize that the heart of this text is about a God who is on a mission. God’s mission is eternal life (kingdom come). Why is this mission so vital to God? For God so loved the world. How does God accomplish this mission? He gave his Son. God has a mission in the world.
The church - we are God’s people which simply means that we have a mission in this world. The church loses its focus and its identity when it forgets that we have a mission. Our mission is to find our life and work in God’s mission for the world. Like God our great desire should be for all people to know the gift of everlasting life and God’s kingdom come. Like God our primary motivation should be love, and through God we can learn to love and discover a greater capacity to love. And like this passage, all this is dependent upon his Son. We are a people who follow the Way, the truth, and the life found in Jesus.