Living for Jesus
Martin Luther said, “If someone would knock on my heart and ask, ‘Who lives here?’ I would say, ‘Martin Luther once lived here, but he has moved out and Jesus has moved in.’ ” Martin Luther lived for Jesus. In Galatians 2:20 the apostle Paul wrote that he, too, lived for Jesus. “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God.”
Who or what do you live for? If we live for ourselves and the things of the world, we will focus our attention and energy on amassing more and more things. It is easy for money and possessions to become overly important because our society tells us that more is better and that happiness and success can only be achieved by having the newest and best things. To find happiness and success, we work long and hard.
King Solomon, who was wealthy and wise, tried almost everything and found no satisfaction with things of the world. In Ecclesiastes, he tells us that he tried wine and women; he built houses, gardens, and parks; he bought slaves, herds and flocks, and amassed silver and gold. “I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure . . . Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 2:10-11). Regarding money, Solomon wrote, “Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless” (vs. 5:10).
In closing the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon wrote, “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment . . .” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14). The only thing that finally gave Solomon’s life purpose was living for God. Likewise, we as Christians understand that Jesus is the only person who can give us lasting peace, comfort, and security. He alone meets our needs. Jesus’ tremendous sacrifice showed us His love for us and His love compels us to love Him and live for Him. Filled with Jesus’ presence in our lives, we are empowered to overcome the pull of the world.
Blessings on your stewardship journey!
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