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Living for Christ

Updated on March 22, 2014

Would you die for Jesus Christ?

I once read the question: "Would you take a bullet for Christ?" I thought about it and what was being asked. Eventually, I concluded that the question lacked depth. The question should not read "Are you willing to die for Christ?" but rather, "Are you willing to 'give your life' for Christ?" There is a significant difference.

What is life?

To give our life means to give our will to Him

Life is more than the essence of living; it is the lifestyle and include our doings within his existence. To give up your life, may or may not include a martyrs death. To give your life for Christ is to dedicate all your doings to Him. It is surrendering your will and desire, to do His will. Our Savior has said, "He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it" (Matthew 10:39). Do we give that up to do what Christ would have us do? Do we give up the life we want, to live the life Jesus would have us live? In order to give our life for Christ, we need to Let go of our own life; follow His commandments; and seek His will.

A Story of Faith

My father once told me a story. Although fictional, it taught me a powerful spiritual lesson.

A man hiking in the mountains reached peak and enjoyed his achievement by standing on a ledge overlooking the valley below. Suddenly a heavy wind blow, pushing the man from the ledge. The man barely caught himself on a small tree growing from the cliff wall. The man cried out for help, but soon realized no one was around. He began to pray. A voice from heaven replied, "Do you believe I created the earth and all things thereon?"

The man replied "Oh yes, I believe you created all things."

The voice questioned further, "Do you believe I created the wind that pushed you from the mountain?"

The man cried out, "Yes, I believe you created the wind."

"And do you believe," the voice called out again, "I created the branch you caught hold of, that saved you?"

The man again replied, "Yes, yes!"

The voice was heard again, "And do you believe I could create another wind strong enough to carry you back to the top of the mountain?"

The man explained, "I believe you have the power to do all things, including creating a wind to carry me to the top of the mountain."

God replied, "Then let go."

I've thought back on this story a lot. How many of us say we are willing to "give our life for Christ" at the hand of an enemy, but when God commands that we "let go" of our livelihood that seems to hold us secure, into his hands we react like the rich man who could not give up his riches at Christ's request. In the Bible James wrote, "Faith without works is dead" (James 2:20). We can confess and even 'think' we believe in Him, but "doing" his will requires a higher level of faith. God does not push us (by strong wind or other means) into the right direction. He requires us to act in faith; and then he will bless us and may the way possible. In the Hymn, "Know This That Every Soul is Free," We read:

"Know this that every soul is free,

To choose his life and what he'll be

For this eternal truth is given,

That God will force no man to heaven.

"He'll call, persuade direct him right;,

Bless him with wisdom, love, and light;

In nameless ways be good and kind;

But never force the human mind."

If we are to receive help from God, we must be willing to "let go" of our own life and will, and trust that He will help us in those things he has already commanded. This is true faith.

Be ye perfect

Follow Christ

I often hear men justify their unrepentant hearts by saying "We are all sinners" or "To error is human." "Because no man is perfect," they seem to say, "I don't need to work to follow Christ's commandments." Of us, Christ commanded, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father in Heaven is perfect" (Matthew 5: 48). Although we all need Christ to be saved, who cannot perfectly obey the commandment to "not covet" or perfectly "not commit adultery" or "not kill?" Who could not perfectly "love thy neighbor" or "keep the Sabbath day holy?" Some of these take work and new habits, but they are achievable through Him who has commanded it.

In his book, The 100: A Ranking of History's Most Influential Persons, Michael H. Hart ranked Jesus Christ as the third most influential person in history. Many who hear this, often ask why He had not been ranked first? The Author explained that Christ's teachings are "surely among the most remarkable and original ethical ideas ever presented. If they were widely followed," the author admitted, "I would have no hesitation in placing Jesus first in this book" (Secaucus, N.J.: Citadel Press, 1987, pp. 47,50).

Where do we rank Christ in our own lives? The way we live our lives shows our love to him. Jesus has said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15)

Heavenly Father sees our works

The question of willingness to take a bullet, forces an answer wherein the hypothetical victim would exit mortality in a blaze of glory. But giving your life for Christ is done willingly, and undramatically. Our works done in faith often unrecognized in daily living--but God sees them (Matthew 6: 4, 18). There are those who make Christ a 'supplement' for their life, rather than giving their life for Him.

To the world, it may seem bondage to turn our will over to another, but Christ promises the truth shall set us free. May we dedicate our lives to him, examplifying and teaching others to do the same. As penned so poetically in The Battle Hymn of the Republic:

"As He died to make men holy

Let us live to make men free."

The Beatitudes

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The Higher Law

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The Lord's Prayer

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Knowing God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit is super-natural. :)

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      Delia 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens! I live because of Him, my life is in Christ and He lives in me through the Holy Spirit...it is a way of life. We are so Blessed to know of Him~

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      Maria Burgess 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Love that image of The Christus! Beautiful lens!

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      JenaleeMortensen 5 years ago

      Very true. It is more important to live for Christ. Thanks for making such an inspiring lens.

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      lshields lm 5 years ago

      uch a lovely aand inspiring lens.

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      patriciabruce1 5 years ago

      This is a beautiful lens! It is easy to say we love Christ and wish to follow Him, but without Him, it is impossible. Thank you for this very important reminder.

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      darciefrench lm 5 years ago

      Thank-you for sharing love for Jesus Christ. many blessings to you <3

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      VspaBotanicals 5 years ago

      Powerful lens.

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      infoprogirl 5 years ago

      Great lens! Thank you for sharing this information.

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      Golfman7 5 years ago

      Great lens, and great for inspiration.

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      mjoonline 5 years ago

      What a wonderful lens. I realise that I can't do this life without Christ in it, nor do I want to.

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      Excellent living for Christ lens and powerful testimony, as a man, selah74!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Beautiful words of Truth! I enjoyed the videos; it brought to life stories from the Bible. I will feature your lens on my lens Seeking God's Grace ~ I hope you don't mind! SquidAngel blessed! B : )

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Beautiful lens. Grace, Mercy and Peace :)

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      violann lm 5 years ago

      I never thought of it that way. You gave me a lot to reconsider. Thanks,