Here’s a paradox: We cannot serve Christ without Christ. Living for Jesus means living WITH Jesus.
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears [and serves] the LORD is to be praised.
Living for Jesus is not about following rules and staying within certain moral parameters. It’s about learning to walk with Christ in righteousness and godliness. Why would we do that?
14 For Christ’s love compels [constrains] us, because we are convinced that one [Christ] died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he [Christ] died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him [Christ] who died for them and was raised again. 2 Corinthians 5:14-15
This verse enables us in several ways:
- We love as He loves.
- We live in the joy of His eternal presence (He was raised, therefore, we will be raised).
- We trust Him and are at peace with ourselves, which allows us to be at peace with others.
- We start using the tools He has given us, such as patience, kindness, goodness, graciousness, and perseverance. Notice that these tools have to do with interacting with other people, and can be applied to animals, too.
- We set as goals faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
- We trust God’s Word. His Word is truth (John 17:17). God is Jesus –>Jesus is the Word –>The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ –> What is He saying to you right now?
There is an old hymn written around the 19th Century that puts to music the theme of Living for Jesus. Here are three of the verses; we could easily insert “with” in place of every “for”:
1. Living for Jesus, a life that is true,
Striving to please Him in all that I do;
Yielding allegiance, glad-hearted and free,
This is the pathway of blessing for me.
O Jesus, Lord and Savior, I give myself to Thee,
For Thou, in Thy atonement, didst give Thyself for me;
I own no other Master, my heart shall be Thy throne;
My life I give, henceforth to live, O Christ, for Thee alone.
2. Living for Jesus Who died in my place,
Bearing on Calv’ry my sin and disgrace;
Such love constrains me to answer His call,
Follow His leading and give Him my all.
4. Living for Jesus through earth’s little while,
My dearest treasure, the light of His smile;
Seeking the lost ones He died to redeem,
Bringing the weary to find rest in Him.
(Good luck in finding a good rendition of this hymn on YouTube)
Abba, walking with You, loving You and serving You all seem to be wrapped up together. I know Christ said, “If you love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). I know that with You, I can do all things (Philippians 4:13), and without You, I can do nothing (John 15:5). May Your Spirit continue to lead us into all truth; may He give us wisdom, knowledge, insight, understanding, discernment, discretion, and prudence as we serve You WITH You. Amen.