"For Christ's love compels us... And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again."
(2 Corinthians 5:14-15)
What do you live for? What compels you?
When I was a young man, I lived to experience life. I had a whole list of exciting things I wanted to do. Years later, marriage and children changed the look of that list. Now I was working to support a family and was concerned about a successful career. I wanted some recognition from my peers for my abilities. As I grow older, I realize I was living with the wrong motivations. My motivation always should have been what Paul’s was: “For Christ’s love compels me.”
When you decide to become a follower and disciple of Jesus, you are re-born as a new creature in Christ. You have in effect died, but you still live for Christ. He died not just to save you from God’s judgment for your sin, but also so that you would have new life in Him here and now. His love drives you, enlivens you and compels you. You live for Him, and not for yourself.
My to-do list is short now. Since Christ has already done what’s most important – the washing away of my sins – I need only to live for Him.
May you understand "how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ" (Ephesians 3:18). Your life will be changed forever.