How to live for the Lord: (Part 2)
Offering the Lord more than just my heart.
Do you ever feel empty?
Have you ever had the feeling that you are just empty? Like there is no life in you? Like you are just going through life, merely existing? I noticed that when ever I am not filled with God, I tend to run dry. When we don’t live for the Lord, we live in vain. That is what feeling empty is- a vain, wasted life.
Jesus-the great example.
Looking at the example of Jesus I realized that He was never empty. His whole life was strictly devoted to doing the will of His Father. He was tempted, He was hungry, He had no place to sleep some days, but he was never empty. Because He lived His whole life as an offering to God.
People often say, “I love Jesus with all of my heart”. And that is good. But is that enough? In Romans 12, we see that the Apostle Paul is urging us to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice to God. It is not enough to just feel beautiful emotions toward God like love and adoration. The way I live is a bigger, bolder statement of our love for Him.
If I love God with my body, I love Him with my heart. I live for the Lord & my life isn’t empty.
This is where it got real for me. Does my body and the way I live in it honor the Lord?
How do I love God with my body? By Honoring Him with it.
Jesus said that our body is a Temple. He wants us to submit our bodies to Him; to Godly living. Every part of me should be offered to God as instruments.
After all, the way I use my body, tells a story of who I am on the inside.
You see, Jesus wanted active Christianity from me. I had to ask myself if I continually desired to do the things of God? What was required of me to live for the Lord? A continuous sacrifice and offering of my life to Him. Was I willing to continually surrender to God my marriage, my life, my mind and body, my job, my career?
Living for the Lord as a Holy sacrifice.
Jesus also wants my life to be a holy sacrifice; meaning a life that is separated from the world and devoted to Him only. It is not only about being different from the world; but being separated onto God. It is running towards God as much as running away from the world.
How do I offer my body to God?
I was really struggling with this one. How many hours a day did I watch TV, polluting my mind? The books I read, are they all pleasing to the Lord? And what about my thought life? Do I captivate my every thought onto obedience to God?
This one is also very hard. Do I chase vain, worthless things? (Yes, there is a lot of that in my life currently.) How often did I put evil and worthless things before my eyes? “I will set no wicked thing before my eye”. (Psalm 101:3). Am I faithful to the Lord in that? Is everything I watch and see honoring the Lord? Or does He turn His face away because it displeases Him?
Do I protect it from the influence of the world? Do I guard it above all else, because from it flows the spring of life? (Proverbs 4:23). Is my heart cold towards God’s grace and hardened towards people? Is my heart mixed or is it pure? “Create in me a pure heart, O God!” (Psalm 51:10).
How many times do I speak death instead of life into my marriage? (Proverbs 18:21) How have I hurt my friends with my evil tongue? Do I gossip and slander others? I learned a very harsh lesson in life that I will share with you one day on gossip and slander. The bible teaches us to tame the tongue because it defiles the whole body. Be careful with that little weapon! “May the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD!” (Psalm 19:14)
The arms and feet:
How often did I go to places I shouldn’t of? Do I participate in ungodly meetings and sit with the idolaters? “Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers“, (Psalm 1:1). Do I use my hands to commit evil and sin against others instead of helping and serving others?
Oh how I desire to live for the Lord with my whole heart, mind, soul and body!
Have you offered your life and your body to God as a continuous offering? If today you are choosing to live for the Lord, you will experience joy unspeakable, instead of emptiness. Can I urge you today “in the name of the Lord Jesus to live in a way that pleases God”? (1 Thessalonians 4:1).
(If you missed PART 1 of this Topic, click here).