By: Douglas M. Williams, Sr.
“Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me’” (Matthew 16:24).
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:1-2).
“Do not love the world or the things in the world” (1 John 2:15).
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
“Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life” (Revelation 2:10).
We become a Christian by hearing, believing, repenting, confessing our faith, and being baptized for the forgiveness of sins, and then we must live for Jesus each day of our lives. The above scriptures give us information about this, and in fact most of the New Testament, 21 letters, is given to teach us how to live for Jesus and with our fellow man.
Someone gave their idea of Christian living by saying, “Christianity is putting Christ on the inside, and then letting Him show on the outside.” Isn’t this what Paul is saying in Galatians 2:20?
The song exhorts us to, “Live for Jesus, in life’s morning. At the noon-tide hour be His, and at eve, when day is turning, and inherit endless bliss. Live for Jesus, Give Him all thou hast to give; on the cross the world’s Redeemer, gave His life that thou mightest live.”
This is the life that is God’s purpose for us; it is the life that is lived joyfully; it is the life that is lived abundantly; it is the life that is lived in hope of heaven; it is all of this and much more because we live for Jesus.
God bless us all as we obey Jesus and live for Him who died for us.