How to Live for the Lord.
When I realized that I needed to live for the Lord, everything changed:
I realized that I needed to live for the Lord in my later twenties. So far my life has been concentrated on studying, earning a degree, building a career and battling a failing marriage. One day as I was reading Romans 12:1, I realized that my life was not God’s. It was all mine. It was all ME. I was convicted and I knew better than to ignore the Lords nudge.
“I urge you brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God” (Romans 12:1)
But what did that mean? And why should I have to give my life away? How do I live for the Lord?
Here is what the Lord taught me:
I should live for the Lord “because of God’s mercies to me”!
The first 11 chapters of Romans talks about what God has done for me as a sinner. I am urged to become a slave of God because of all the mercies and grace that was revealed to me.
I had come across a sermon once where the pastor said “if Jesus Christ and what Has done for you is not enough to motivate you to want to live for the Lord, you must not know Him”. That really scared me. Thus far, all I’ve been wanting and striving for was a great job and a perfect marriage.
How can I live for the Lord?
By putting my life at His disposal.
Have you ever heard someone say, “I feel like I am not doing anything for the Lord”? I don’t think that is necessarily the correct way of looking at this. I am human. How can I possibly do ANYTHING for the King of Kings?
Moses did not wake up one morning and say “I’m going to build an arc for God”. It was the other way around. God had a plan. He came to Moses and gave him the instructions on what to do, when and how.
As a believer I am to lay down my life at God’s disposal. Meaning, like Moses, be ready and willing to do what ever God wills. When ever God wills and how ever He wills.
Laying down my life at His disposal.
For example; if I am on my way to work and my neighbor comes running up the driveway asking me for help with a flat tire. My willingness to help him is accepting Gods intervention into my “very busy” day and handing me a task. “Here my faithful servant, I need you”. So often I do not recognize the Lords intervention on my day to use me for something. I grumble because helping my neighbor is an inconvenience to me. (I mean who wants to be late to work, right? They would be imposing on me. And I just can’t have that!) (lol)
Laying my life at the disposal of God means being ready and willing to serve Him when ever He calls on me.
But it also means acknowledging Him in my everyday life. It’s sitting down, quieting my soul and just asking Him what is it that He want’s me to do. “Lord, who would you like me to bless today? How can I live for the Lord today?”
What He might want me to do may look very different from what I think I should do for Him.
He might just want me to spend the whole day reading the book of Mark. I have found that most often it is an inconvenience to me. He always tests my willingness and obedience. Sometime He might require me to drive way out of my way to help an elderly lady. Or, He may lay on my heart to pray over a person whom I really don’t like.
So what should I do?
Draw near to God and live for the Lord.
I often get so busy throughout my days that I don’t hear the Lords voice. What if I learned to be sensitive to His voice? How much more obedient would I become if I actually heard His instructions for today? How easy is it to forget that God already made all the decisions for my life.
Jesus told me that if I were to live for the Lord, I would need to draw near to Him and lay my life down at His disposal. I realize now that because I have not done so yet, I have been feeling empty; like life is just passing by with no fruit.
What about you? Do you ever feel empty?
Read Part 2 of this post and learn how you can offer the Lord more than just your heart.