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Stop Living For Jesus

You have heard it.  You may have said it.  It is probably used everyday.  Someone comes into a relationship with Christ or their life is rededicated.  It’s common within the world of the Church.

I’m going to start living for Jesus now.

The sentiment is right, but I’m going to ask you to stop.  Stop it today.  Stop it right now.

Stop living for Jesus

Instead, let him live through you.

Here is the problem.  When we say that we are going to live for Jesus, it sounds as though it is up to us.  It comes across as though we have the power to live and do for Him what He want us to do.

I don’t find that in the Bible.  Instead, I find the opposite.

Paul says in Galatians 2:20 that he had been crucified with Christ and that it was no longer he that lived, but Christ lived in Paul.  Paul saw his life as something he died to in order that Christ would live through him.  He didn’t live for Jesus, so that Jesus would live through him.

Paul said in Philippians 1:21 that for him to live was Christ.  He didn’t simply try to live for Christ.  For Paul, life was Christ.  It wasn’t just something for him to attain or strive.  Christ was what he ate, drank and everything else in life.

Let’s stop living for Christ.  Instead, let’s let Him live through us to the point where He is life.

Are you living for Jesus?  Or is Christ life?

  1. October 25, 2013 at 10:54 am


  2. October 25, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Dang, dude! Are you saying that I’ve got to surrender?



    Good word, Larry!

  3. October 25, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Great stuff… Thanks Larry.

  4. October 26, 2013 at 10:35 am

    I love Phil 1:21 and have preached it many times! Our life is in Christ and from Christ, we don’t just live for Him, He is our life. Great post!

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