Living for Christ is a choice we must make daily. There is so much more to it than a simple prayer or baptism. It becomes a lifestyle. We touched on this a little in church last Sunday about the lifestyle of a Christian.
We sometimes feel bound by the law – ‘I can’t do this’ or ‘I have to do this’. Maybe it’s ‘I made this mistake’ so I have to do this list of things to make it right. That is what the law tells us. The law says that we have to follow these rules and here are the steps to take if we break a law.
Paul makes a very important statement in Galatians 2:21 “I do not set aside the grave of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.” I had a conversation with someone not too long ago about Salvation in Christ. I was told by this person that as long as she is a good person and her good out ways her bad then she will be in heaven when her life on earth is over. I tried to explain that if that were the case then what Jesus did for us on the Cross was for nothing.
Paul said in verses 19 and 20 “For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, bit Christ who lives in me; and the life which I know live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” To truly accept Christ is to die to self, to die to the old you. We begin a new journey in a new life in Christ. Do we still need to follow the rules and follow the law? Sure we do but now it is different. Now we do it because we want to, we do it because it pleases God. No longer because we have to. In doing so, God’s grace covers us when we miss the mark.
There is so much deception in the world today and even in some churches. God is not a genie and none of us are Aladdin. There isn’t a special set of prayers for healing. There isn’t a special amount of money to give to become rich. Getting God to respond doesn’t work like the Indian mythical “rain dance”.
To truly follow Christ cost us everything. And even in some cases, like Stephen in the book of Acts, it could cost us our life. For most of us we have a hard enough time let go of our old self much less dying for our faith. But this comes in time. This comes as we do our best daily to follow Christ, to live for Him. In doing so He can live through us. Our misconception is God wants to bless us with fancy cars and a big house. The reality is that He wants us to die to ourselves so He can use us to bring others to the knowledge of Jesus Christ. To bring others to Salvation in His Son.
How are you living for Christ today? Is your life a reflection of Him or a reflection of you? I sometimes struggle with dying to self. 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness“… I find myself leaning on this scripture and asking God to forgive me for my selfishness. I dust myself off and press on.