Hi everyone, welcome back to Serenity in The Spirit. This is the fourth and final part of the ‘Living for Jesus’ series. I thought I would use it to summarise the key points from parts 1, 2 and 3 and hopefully encourage those who are looking to live their lives in a way that gives glory to God (those who have chosen to live for Jesus).
The main points of the series were as follows:
You define how to live for Jesus based on your knowledge of God and The Word
Different Christians will have different interpretations of how to live in a way that is pleasing to God and carries out His will for our lives. I personally define how to live for Jesus through scripture, asking for guidance in prayer and listening to God when He speaks to me. Remember, God looks at your heart when judging you and therefore if someone’s Christian walk does not look like yours do not be discouraged. However, because there is room for interpretation, I believe it is extremely important to prayerfully consider all the options presented to you from friends, family and Christian influencers etc. to ensure your walk is pleasing to God and in line with scripture.
How can a young person stay on the path of purity? by living according to your word [scripture] - Psalm 119:9.
Living for Jesus requires sacrificing our wants and our time
We are called to have selfless attitudes and love others (including our enemies) and this means putting other people before ourselves in our daily lives. It may include taking time to pray for someone you do not get on with or keeping someone company who you usually don't want to spend time with for whatever reason.
In order to ensure we are living the way Jesus wants us to, we should be in frequent contact with Him through prayer and studying the Bible. Don’t just leave praying to first thing in the morning, before meals and just before bed but pray about everything going on in your life at the moment. God wants to hear about it and he’s more than capable of helping.
Why make these sacrifices? Because God has given us freedom (where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom – 2 Corinthians 3:17). We owe it to Him after He has saved us from the consequence of sin (death) and given us strength to live our lives. God desires for us to serve each other and in doing so, there is a positive effect on humanity.
Be mindful of what you read, listen to and watch
The secular entertainment industry often promotes sinful behaviour including sexual immorality and worshiping idols (people, money, drugs etc.). When we listen to certain music or watch certain things, we are subconsciously and consciously influenced by them and this can lead to committing acts of sinful nature. Also, be careful of who you allow to influence you, choose your friends wisely and do not allow yourselves to be negatively affected by other people’s sinful activity.
Do not be misled: "bad company corrupts good character" - 1 Corinthians 15:33.
Living for Jesus does not mean we cannot have our own desires
God is a good God and He loves us unconditionally therefore He wants us to be happy and at peace. He calls for us to serve Him as well as help others but this does not mean we cannot pray for what we want. If our desires and wants come from a pure heart and match God’s plan for our lives, He will give us the resources to make them happen.
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart - Psalm 37:4.
If you are unsure about what God’s plan for your life is, pray and ask Him to reveal it to you (He could reveal it to you in many ways so keep your eyes peeled!). Scripture on who God says we are and how He expects us to live is also a great starting point for this.
For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do - Ephesians 2:10.
Seek help and guidance from the Holy Spirit
Living for Jesus is impossible otherwise! Sin is birthed from free-will and as long as we have free-will, sin will exist. However, it is God who can break the chains of sin and give us the strength to live completely for Him. We should pray and reflect regularly asking God to help us fix what we can’t seem to get right. God wants us to come to Him when we are struggling with living out His Will. He is the only one who can help us through the Holy Spirit - we do not have this ability on our own!
Please be encouraged that if you are battling with a particular sin or you just can’t seem to get your head around surrendering your desires, God is ready and waiting to hear from you and He will happily help you to overcome.
The spirit helps us in our weakness - Romans 8:16.
** It is also worth noting that even though sin exists because of free-will, the same is true of love. It is impossible to love without free-will and that is why God gave it to us. He wants us to choose to love Him.
Thank you so much for reading my second blog series ‘Living for Jesus’.
I pray that you have enjoyed reading it and that it has revealed something new for you and that as a result you have been brought closer to God. I pray that if you are a non-believer that you consider this point of view when living your life. God, please grant the person reading this right now peace and an overwhelming sensation of Your warm, embracing love. Thank You for loving us and I pray we use our free-will to let Your Will be done here on Earth. IJN, Amen.
Of course, if you haven’t read the previous posts in the series and want more detail about any of the points above, feel free to check them out using the links at the top of the page. I could have included a lot more, the Bible has a lot to say about this topic as do many worship songs and Christian influencers. I may do a series part two in the future, let me know what you think about that idea/any other comments or questions you may have here.
See you next time with something new!
Song of the post: I'll Just Say Yes- Brian Courtney Wilson