I Corinthians 4:15 ERV, “He died for all so that those who live would not continue to live for themselves. He died for them and was raised from death so that they would live for him.”
Have you ever heard someone say, “Well it’s my life, and I’ll live it the way I want to!” I have, many times. Perhaps you’ve even said it to someone at one time or the other, but this verse says that Christ didn’t die so that we could live for us, but so we could live for Him. It’s something we have to remind ourselves of each and everyday.
In the very next chapter, verses 19 & 20, Paul reminds us again, “You should know that your body is a temple for the Holy Spirit that you received from God and that lives in you. You don’t own yourselves. God paid a very high price to make you his. So honor God with your body.” Wow, there it is again, we don’t own ourselves, God does. And I love the reminder that God paid a very high price to make me his. So each and everyday, I must spend time with my owner, getting his direction for my life and my day. My needs must take second place to his needs.
Let me end with a verse from Matthew 6:33, “What you should want most is God’s kingdom and doing what he wants you to do. Then he will give you all these other things you need.” That was from Jesus himself, even before he died for us he let us know that God’s way is different then ours. When we work for him and do what he wants, he will give us all that we need. We must lose the ‘me’ mindset and yield to his ways of doing and being.
Father, I’m so grateful for the sacrifice of Jesus so that I could come into your throne room and love on you. You will never turn me away or say, ‘it’s not a good time for me’. As much as you have going on, it’s me you stop and listen to when I sing praises to you. It’s me you allow to jump up on your lap and lavish your love on. It’s me Father, your daughter, the one you created, the one who loves you. Me with my silly self, laughing and loving, jumping and worshipping. Me who you never turn away. I run to you in the frailness of my body and you strengthen me and make me well. I run to you in my time of need and you provide for me. You’re a good, good Father and I love you so very much, how could I not lay down my life for you. It’s for your glory, Father. Amen