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In my last blog post, I encouraged us to reflect and celebrate the goodness of grace of God that has been with us in this year. I also mentioned that many may find it difficult because of the hardships, struggles, pains that they have endured in this year.
In today’s blog, I will like to encourage us to delve into a much deeper level of reflection for our lives.
The question that we will meditate on for our reflection is
“Why and who do you live for?
Some of the responses that you may find in asking others this question will be:.
- To become successful in life and make my parents proud
- Others will say, life is about the pursuit of happiness
- To make a great impact in the lives of others
- To make the world a better place.
These are good responses but not God responses. I do not condemn any of the above reasons but rather I want to add to it. The God response that should answer this question for us as believers is that we live for God.
For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone.8 If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.9 For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living. – Romans 14:7-9
Our Scripture lesson for today, is to remind us of who we ought to live for as children of God. In the context of these verses, Paul the Apostle was explaining to the Christians in Rome that the life in Christ is not set on “do’s” and “don’ts”. One cannot base their reason for living on how best they are able to do the right things and eat the right food. In this Paul was saying that, the life of a believer is s not to be ruled by the systems and the standards of the world rather our commitment is to God.
This year 2017 may have come with a lot of pressure from society, family, friends, workplace on what you should do or should have done. It may not seem that you were not able to accomplish all your set-out goals from the beginning of the year. The prayers you made may seem to have gone unanswered. Beloved, I ask what if all of these things that burdened your heart was met, will it be for God or for you. Paul says it this way, we live to the Lord; the merciful, gracious, loving, amazing, powerful, awesome God who made us and cares for our everyday needs.
In all things, let us keep in mind that we live for God and Him alone. We may not have achieved those dreams, or have had an easy year but it is all for God. God of the dead and the living, that is God who reigns in this side of eternity and the other side of eternity. There is greater glory prepared for those who live for God. A life lived for God is not moved or shaken by what goes on around them, their focus is on God . The great and faithful God always comes through. A life yielded to God is used by God to bless others, equip others, liberate others, empower others and many more. A life lived for God makes impact the world cannot comprehend and measure. Such a life draws their source for living for the all powerful, loving God. A life lived for God move mountains without knowing, break chains without seeing it and most of all glorify our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
So today, I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, that you refocus your reason for living and let the words of Paul become your own declaration that “If I live, I live to the Lord and if I die, I die to the Lord.” In all things our lives must be rooted and grounded in Christ who is the firm foundation of life and remains faithful in all ways.
Stay blessed and Jesus Christ dearly loves you ❤