- "God showed how much he loved us by sending his only Son into the world..." (4:9)
- "This is real love. It is not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son..."(4:10)
- "...we have seen with our own eyes and now testify that the Father sent his Son..." (4:14)
There it is in its simplicity. God sent his Son. He revealed his missionary spirit by engaging us. He beckoned us to himself, by coming to us himself. Love is best expressed by sending, going, intentionally connecting.
God sent his Son, his Son sends us. Believers are the sent expression of God today. The church is the missional agent of God in the world. The church is foremost a mission agency. We must recapture this spirit. Do less holding on, and more handing out.