For none of us lives for himself, and no one dies for himself
Romans 14:7 (ISV)
Thoughts on Today’s Verse
There is often a ping-pong argument that rages between the dangers of legalism, which replaces the freedom we have in Christ with a string of man-made rules, and the reintroduction of Jewish practices which were set aside at the cross – AND the abuse of the freedoms we have in Christ by grace through faith, which can be used as an excuse to freely sin. But nether are biblical and Paul give clear instructions against both legalism and license.
We are not given a list of rules and regulations of what we must or must not do in our Christian life, which would bring us into legalism. Nor are we to use our freedom in Christ as an excuse to sin. Rather we are given a few basic principles, which are set out in the Church epistles, and which each Christian should apply to their own life circumstances so that neither legalism nor license is practiced.
We are to live our lives in service to God and for His greater glory. We are to live in His strength and grace.. and our lives should be lived to serve and honour others above ourselves. We have been bought with a price.. the precious blood of Jesus Christ, and everything we say and all that we do should be done as unto the Lord: For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself.. we are to live our life for God and we are to die to our own fleshly desires.
Every man’s life and every man’s death has a relation to others as well as to ourselves, which calls for a consecrated life of singular devotion – a life whose purpose is to glorify God alone – until He is everything in our life and we are nothing.
In whatever sphere of life we discover ourselves to be and in whatever trivial task we may find ourselves employed – we can only live for Him if we remain dead to self-seeking and self-importance and alive to Christ Jesus – so that whether we live or die, we do all to the glory of God.
Loving Father, it is my chief complaint that I do not love and serve You as I ought – I can only do those things that please You as I decrease and You increase in my life. Please help me to shed all hidden pride and all appearances of self-importance so that I may be used by You – so that whether I live or whether I die, I do all to Your praise and glory – in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. AMEN