He Lives to God

Have you recently stopped to ponder what is the driving force of your life?  It simply amazes me how time races by without even being aware of it.  The tyranny of the urgent can consume me and I can miss out on the important.  So as we start the year I thought it might be good for us to ask ourselves what we are living for?  Personally, I’ve never been hunting but I’ve met some people who seem to live to hunt, others to fish, race cars, travel the world and so on.  We can forget Christ died to set us free from self-absorbed lives that can’t meet our deepest needs.  There is nothing wrong with any of these activities but they aren’t to be the purpose or meaning of our lives.  They can’t give us what our soul hungers most for – acceptance, worth and intimacy.  That only comes when we realize Christ came to be life for us.  He came to set us free from what enslaves us so we can experience true life in Him and live a Spirit directed life.

Romans 6:7–10 “For one who has died has been set free from sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God.”

For one who has died has been set free from sin. We have been freed from sin.  We were born slaves and had no choice but to sin.  But all of that has changed for we have been freed from sin.  We must remember who God made us to be.  All sin brought us into bondage but we are now a free people.  Sin does remain as an alien power trying to dominate and control our bodies and souls.  We have to remember who God made us to be.  We’ve died to or been set free from a self-seeking life.

Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.  As far as we are concerned, sin and death are over because of what is true of Jesus.  He lives now, and He lives under the will and by the power of God.  The same thing is true in our lives.  When we decide not to sin, we have the power to carry it out, because Christ is living in us.  If we died with Christ, we believe we also live with Him.  We must believe what God says is true.  Having died to sin there is only one life for us to live, His life.  That isn’t just a promise for the future but is our present reality.  We are united to Him and are forever in His presence.  We are now able to live with Him in righteousness.

We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more.  We’ve got to settle this point in our thinking and believing.  Jesus died one time and through that sacrifice forever satisfied all the demands of our sin.  Lazarus was raised to life only to die again.  Jesus rose never to die again.

death no longer has dominion over him. The sin that produces death in our lives is no longer master over us just as it is not His master.  Before Christ, death reigned over us before but now its dominion and reign have been overthrown and  only Jesus reigns over us.

 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all His death wasn’t a tragic mistake but a purposeful death.  He died to remove sin as the obstacle to our relationship with our creator.  He died to sin, once for all; He lived a perfectly sinless life but He died to it just the same and He took our place.  He died to sin, taking the penalty we deserved.  He met all of the demands our sin required.  The High Priest had to make an offering for his sin and then for the nation and there was no end to the sacrifices.  When Jesus died, once, there was no need for any additional sacrifice.  He achieved a victory that never needs repeating.  You need to stop trying to improve on Jesus’ work!

but the life he lives he lives to God.  He lived for the will of His Father in every way.  We tend to focus on Jesus dying on the cross but we must remember He is no longer on the cross, He is risen and so too are we.  Just as He lives to God we are called to live to God.

Living to God is our destiny!
We have a new life and a whole new way of living with all new priorities.  When we were in Adam it was normal for us to be self-centered and selfish.  Just as Jesus lived for the will and purposes of His Father we are to live for the will and purposes of Him who calls us His beloved.  That means we need to look at how we are living and who it’s for.  We need to live for God in the way we use our time, spend His money and give sacrificially for His kingdom.  Paul said for me to live is Christ!  So as the new year begins why don’t we each ask, “For me to live is …?”

We hope your New Year is starting of wonderfully.  We look forward to seeing you Sunday.  Bring a friend with you.

You are loved!

Pastor Tim