Hey all, welcome to Serenity in The Spirit and Part 1 of the new series ‘Living for Jesus’.
The aim of this series is to help those who read it understand more about a Christian's lifestyle. Of course, I can only speak from my personal experience and not all Christians will agree with what I think it means to live for Jesus. Some people may think I am being too lenient and some may believe I am being too strict on myself. However, I feel as though in Christianity you have to live in the way you feel is right and pleasing to God as God looks at your heart when judging you and not anyone else’s (The Lord looks on the heart – 1 Samuel 15:7).
I hope to get a bit more personal in this series and I will be as open and transparent as I feel is appropriate however if you do have any questions/comments, I would be happy to answer/hear them via curious cat or twitter.
In a nutshell, living for God means sacrificing our needs and wants in order to allow His will to be done. This seems extreme, why should we give up what we want for a God who will love us regardless?
Well, some might argue we should live for Jesus because of what He did for us. The ‘Who is God?’ series explored the Holy Trinity (three identities of the one God) and the impact it has on our lives. We learnt that God the Father loves us immensely in spite of all the wrong we do, God the Son died to forgive our sins on the cross and God the Holy Spirit is our ‘helper’ to keep us in line with God’s will and to feel His comforting presence. God offers us so much that it is pretty much impossible to comprehend it fully and He asks for our lives in return so that we may be blessed and we may bless the lives of others.
We are called to give up our own wants and desires in order to carry out His plans for us but this does not mean give up on our hopes and dreams (provided they come from a pure heart), it means give up our selfish desires in order to serve God and His people (everyone else). When we give our lives to Christ, He promises to answer our prayers (Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find – Matthew 7:7) and fulfil our desires (He [God] fulfils the desires of those who fear [worship] Him – Psalms 145:19), therefore we can still ask God for what we want but He won’t necessarily just hand it to us, He will give us what is best for us.
Despite a promise of Heaven and knowing that our actions could be bringing people to God’s Kingdom, it is not always easy to live for Jesus. For example, it may be easier for some of us to set some time aside to bless a meal before eating but being nice to someone who perhaps doesn’t deserve it may be considered more difficult. Nevertheless, God calls for us to be grateful (Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God – 1 Thessalonians 5:18) in addition to being kind to our enemies (Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you – Matthew 5:44). Therefore we have to sacrifice some time and pride in these two examples in order to live for Him. In doing these two things, we are less likely to take our blessings for granted and we might make someone’s day.
Thank you for reading this introduction post to the new series 'Living for Jesus'. I hope I have given you a better insight into why people decide to live for Him. We need to be available to God in order for Him to use us to better the world and in order for us to receive His blessings. Being available to God can only come through sacrifice, we need to make space and time for Him in our lives.
I pray that this series is a blessing to those that read it. I pray that a deeper level of understanding is reached so we may know what it means to worship God with all our hearts. IJN, amen.
*If at any point you were confused as to why I used the names God, Jesus and Him/His etc. interchangeably, check out my previous series 'Who is God?'.
** IJN = In Jesus' Name
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