In the maybe five years that I can say that I have been honestly seeking to live for Christ this has been a question that often cropped up. What does it mean to live the life of a Christian? Practically, every day, how should this be lived out?
I suppose I will just ramble on for a second on what I see flowing out of the scriptures as ‘living for Christ’. Not really attempting to build a biblical treatise here but merely to share what I am thinking here.
Living for Christ is tied up part and parcel in the first and greatest commandment of the law. “Love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength.” Loving God not just as a mental consent to His Godness or as adherence to a creed but as the focus of everything in you! All for the King! Hold nothing back but surrender your heart to Him! The heart of the Christian life must be a strong focus on God and His glory flushed out in day to day life.
But once again what does this mean? Break it down brother! Enough of high sounding language devoid of practical application!
Right now as I look back over the past few years and where I have been I see some battles of surrender to Christ won and then some that war on. Some things that held me down and were such a struggle in the past now the Father has set me free of. I look at the way I used to live and wonder at my blindness to the will of my Father in so many ways. And yet I doubt not, if God is pleased to continue working in me, that in times to come I will look back at where I am now and wonder at my ignorance.
So that said to emphasize that the Christian life is something of continual growth that is founded upon an attitude of conformity to Christ. A year ago what kept me growing was a committal to following God where He would lead me. If He put His finger on something and said, “Give it up for me.” or if He showed something to me thru the scriptures that I should be doing then, usually after a battle, I would lay it down and press on.
So the center of the Christian life is a focus on God and His glory with a commitment to following Him where He leads. No holds barred.
A question that I ask myself. Bear in mind I am not lifting up myself as a standard. If folks were to look to me as someone to follow this would be one messed up church. But I am sharing some things I have learned and am striving to live in. Now, for the question.
Is this action one that is glorifying to God?
And be honest. If you are a human you are called to glorify God thru loving Him. Are you doing that now? Is this profitable for His kingdom or is your motivation for this entirely selfish?
Recognizing your motivation for something I have found to be crucial. Plenty of times when I have gone out to preach and found myself motivated by a desire to show other Christians how awesome I am. In such a case I need to take a step back and get my heart right. My heart had gotten sidetracked from that great goal of glorifying God.
I hope I have been clear enough to where you can see the theme of the Christian walk arising. A life lived with one great all-consuming motivation. To love God with everything in us. To walk day by day with a heart set toward Christ. And such a life cannot be one that is lived in sin. He will reveal it and your walk will be one characterized by holiness. Get sidetracked from this obsession and you will be upside-down and all messed over before you can say Rom. 12:1,2.
The lyrics to a song i heard have challenged me much: “I’m a Christ representative/take a look around my life/I’ll show you how I really live.”
And I find myself asking, “If I invited someone into my life to walk with me everyday all the time would they see someone who is living for Christ? Or would they see someone who is kinda sorta a Christian but is also wanting to do his own thing?” And how much more so if they saw my thoughts and motivations and desires?
So, in conclusion, these are just some random thoughts about the Christian life that I hope will be of benefit to some. I pray that you as God works in your heart will step forward to join me in this race. And if you are already there and have been running for years then I pray that yo would reach back and help this poor bumbling brother on along the path.
To God be all the glory!
All eyes on the King!!