2 Corinthians 5:14 (KJV)
"For the love of Christ constraineth us."
When the believer is born into God's kingdom, the Holy Spirit comes and indwells us. He, the Holy Spirit, applies His life and His will into our being. It is a saving event. I believe for many of us it was like a big weight dropping off of us. We realized that we were forgiven. We may not even have been aware of the weight that was on our lives. It is hard for people who have never experienced the washing clean of the word of God in their lives to understand. It was a moment in which all our sins were washed away. It was a moment in which new life surged through us. It was the life of God. We were born again, made new with a whole new beginning. The impact of that upon our lives was transforming and changing. Some individuals may have had a dramatic moment in which it seems that the whole world changed for them. Others may have quietly, inwardly,introspectively, gained an insight that a change had taken place. It does not matter how it happened. It happened and we knew that we now belonged. We came into a family and we were forever changed.
As a result we were not just saved from something; we were saved to be something. Scripture says we are a new creation in Christ Jesus. If I was brought out of something and brought into something, what was it I was brought into? Act 1:8 says, "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be the witnesses to ME" If I am to be a witness, how does that witness look in our world? In which way does it urge me on? How am I constrained and yet compelled? I am convinced that Pentecost was a missionary event. It sends me into a world that is desperate to know some reality beyond what is known.
God's invitation through you and I is a loving invitation to others to become part of something bigger. This invitation is a celebration. This celebration is evident to others because of the transformation that is in you. That change is evident because you are loved and because you know that your sins are washed away. Relationally you have clarity. You now understand the values of God's kingdom. You know that God has loved you so much that He gave His only son for you. As a result of that love of God, you are compelled to tell others about Jesus.
In conclusion, "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son." Jesus' death has brought us into sharp focus in which we are constrained and compressed by that irresistible love. That love is shared in a witness to others about God's wonderful invitation to His celebration.