Thursday, September 10, 2009
Live to the Lord!
7 For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. 8 For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living. 10 But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 11 For it is written:
“ As I live, says the LORD,
Every knee shall bow to Me,
And every tongue shall confess to God.”
12 So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. 13 Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way.
Romans 14:7-13, New King James Version
Live to the Lord!
I think God inspired Paul to write these words just for us in this 21st century! Oh, I know that is not true, but just look at the world of Christendom today. We are divided into thousands of factions; as a matter of fact, we are so busy fighting with one another that we often leave the unsaved around us to fend for themselves!
I believe in Biblical integrity! However, we must not take so much pride in our "rightness," that we forget our true purpose for being here! What is that purpose?
For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.
It is Christ we serve; He is our master. What is it He calls us to do? Why did He not just take us home to be with Him the second we came to Christ? I marvel that God would choose to use such weak creatures to advance His kingdom, and yet, that is exactly why we are here! Truly, if it were left to us, Christianity would have died with Christ!
We are the Lord's, and therefore must, by the grace of God, live to the Lord! Let us, as Paul admonishes, " . . . not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way."
There is so much freedom in living for the Lord, alone. We must cast off the critical nature and judgment of others, no matter how well-meaning they may be. It is God we serve, and it is Christ who will judge us. Who can refute the judgment of God?
I think we may be very surprised in heaven to find who will and who will not be there! Man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks on the heart.
So, I exhort you this day to live to the Lord!
God Bless You,