Each day, we have the opportunity to live for ourselves or live for Him. We make a lifelong decision to serve Him, but we have the opportunity each and every day to renege on that commitment. That is the temptation – the snare – we seek to avoid. But it is so easy to fall into it.
- I was a man…to seek my own dreams in life.
- I was a husband…to make my life better.
- I was a father…for what it would do for me.
- I was a worker…for how I could further my career.
- I am a man…to seek the fulfillment of His dreams.
- I am a husband…to make my wife’s life better.
- I am a father…for what it will do for my children.
- I am a worker…to further His purposes in my workplace.
It is so easy to fall back into that “before Christ” way of thinking. We must form new habits of mind; we must constantly reinforce them.
Before Christ, we lived for ourselves. Maybe we didn’t even consider ourselves all that selfish. Still, we were in it for ourselves. The life lived for Christ must truly be for Him. The day before us is His day, to do His will, to advance His agenda.
It’s a totally different way of living. This must be our declaration: Today, I will be a man, a husband, a father, a worker to serve His interests and not my own. (Translate to your own circumstances.)
This is what it means to “take up our cross daily and follow Him” (Luke 9:23). Your old life is under a death sentence anyway; live today for His purposes! (His commandments, as I wrote yesterday, will help you do that.)
…so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the will of God.
– 1 Peter 4:1-2