by Grace Gems
Edward Griffin, 1770-1837
“You do not belong to yourself–for God bought you with a high price!” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
All that you are and have–are His. You owe Him your whole selves!
The Lord Jesus Christ, who created you and redeemed you from eternal damnation–is your Proprietor, Master, and King. Whom else then should you serve? To whom else should you devote your lives? Whose interest should you rather seek?
“For not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself. For if we live–we live for the Lord; or if we die–we die for the Lord. Therefore whether we live or die–we are the Lord’s.” Romans 14:7-8
Our religion is exactly in proportion as we cease to live for ourselves–and live for God alone. We have just as much religion–as we have of self-denial. The only evidence of attachment to Him on which we can rely–is that we make it our design and care to promote His glory and the accomplishment of His benevolent purposes, not now and then, but in the general tenor of our lives.
To live for God, is to regard His will as the rule and ground of our conduct, and His glory as our supreme object. Not merely one day in a week–but in our general course to act from a reference to His authority.
To live for God, is to choose our calling, to pursue our business, to frame our habits, to regulate our actions from hour to hour–from a regard to His will and honor.
by Grace Gems