"For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again." - 2 Corinthians 5:14-15
Most of us are very familiar with this chapter of 2 Corinthians, especially verse 17. It is one those verses that most every Born Again Christian can quote, but have you paid much attention to the verses that precede it? As I was reading one of my devotions this morning, there was something in these verses that stood out to me and really spoke to my heart. Who am I living for? Am I living my life for me or am I living my life for Christ?
The implications of these two verses could not be any clearer. Since we all are spiritually dead and that Christ died for all, then we are no longer to live for us, but rather we are to live for Christ. Sounds pretty simple, pretty cut and dry, right? It may sound simple and easy, but it is a hard thing to do many times. Our flesh still wants to have it's way and have it's lusts and desires fulfilled. That is why we must daily deny ourselves and crucify our flesh that we might surrender all to Christ and live for Him. I am so amazed at how many people will profess Christ as their Savior, but yet they still live for themselves. Jesus Christ purchased our pardon on Calvary and freed us from the penalty of sin, so He has every right to demand that we live for Him and not for ourselves.
If you and I are living for Christ, then it doesn't matter what the church down the road is doing, it doesn't matter what another person says about us, the only thing that matters is that we are living for Jesus Christ and pleasing Him! In the last couple of days I have seen this played out in our community, people so worried and concerned with others are saying and doing. Quite frankly, I am not concerned with what others are doing, I have a hard enough time just trying to live my life for Christ. In the end, it isn't going to matter what someone else did or some other church did, the only thing that is going to matter is whether or not you lived your life for Christ.
So the question is this child of God: are you living your life for you, or are you living your life for Jesus Christ, the One who died for you? When I examine my life, unfortunately, I am forced to conclude that so many times I am living for me and not for Christ. What about you?
Prayer For Today:
Heavenly Father, help me to examine my heart today and see whether I am truly living my life for You. Help me to die daily, to crucify my flesh, surrender all to Christ, and live for Him with my whole heart. In Jesus name, Amen!