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What Is LESS?

If we’re going to live our lives all in for Jesus we’ll have to be LESS so that Jesus can be more. Just as John the Baptist said in John 3:30 (NRSV), “He must become greater, I must become less.” We become LESS when we commit ourselves to Love, Encourage, Share, and Serve.

I think of it like this house. The roof covers everything with the love of God. God’s love for us and our love for God, is what motivates everything we do. It is my prayer that this is true in my life, in your life, and in the life of BGCC.

Under that roof is the family of God. This family gathers every week for worship and in community groups to encourage each other to live all in for God. We believe that a life lived all in for God is powerful and eternal, and so we want to help each other live that kind of life.

We don’t gather in the house to keep this awesome life a secret! We want to invite other people into this life. We leave our house to go out and meet others who need God’s love!

Not everyone can be reached with God’s love by only taking one step. Sometimes we can’t reach people without first serving them - investing in them. That’s the meaning of serve. We are called to serve people and show God’s love to the broken (which we all are at different points in time). We invest in people around us and invite them to join us in living a life all-in for Jesus.

That’s what it looks like in pieces, but here’s a real simple description of what it looks like together. If we live our lives under the love of God, encourage each other, share God’s invitation to eternal life, and serve those in need. If we do that, people will look at us and say they are for our neighbors.

We want to live our lives loving and serving those around us. This is what Jesus called us to when he said the two greatest commandments were to love God and love our neighbors. It’s not always easy to see love for God but love for our neighbors is easily recognized. A life lived this way will be seen as a life lived for our neighbors. Let’s commit ourselves to living our lives this year for our neighbors so that God can use us to show his love to the world.