“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 5:15
Scripture clearly shows us that since Christ gave His life for us, we ought to live our lives for Him. It is, as Paul writes, “true and proper” for us to do so (Romans 12:1). It’s why Paul repeatedly referred to himself as a doulos, “slave,” of Christ’s— Paul had gladly surrendered all that he was to Christ. His will was subservient to that of his Lord’s. If you and I live like this, we will begin to see how Jesus truly changes everything.
In our culture it’s easy to fall into the trap of living for ourselves. We focus too much on advancing our careers, accumulating material wealth, or saving for a comfortable retirement. Good things now become the most important things. Sunday becomes “Funday,” and thoughts of the One who gave all these good things simply fade. Sometimes even the Christian books we read tip- toe around the clear language of full-on commitment that the Bible uses.
No area of our lives falls outside the authority of our Lord and Savior. All of it is His. All we do must be done for His glory alone.
“Self-denial is the first lesson to be learned in [Christ’s] school.” (Matthew Henry, 1708)