Thursday: 7th November, 2019
Reference text: Romans 14:7-12
Romans 14:7-8 For we don’t live for ourselves or die for ourselves. 8 If we live, it’s to honor the Lord. And if we die, it’s to honor the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.
In the Gospels, we come across occasions when Jesus escapes the clutches of death and walked away. Not that He was afraid, but because it wouldn’t achieve the purpose for which He had come. The honour to God which his death was intended to bring would have been lost. But before the cross, He could say ‘I have glorified you on earth'(John 17:4): with His life and in His death, he had honoured God
Today, Saint Paul reminds us: whether we live or die, it is to honour the Lord. In effect therefore, every breath that is taken, every stride that is made, every outstretched hand, has to seek to honour the Lord. Every word, every thought and each action of ours ought to bring glory to Him.
The point we often start to miss the mark is:
When we begin to live for ourselves, when we develop a fear of displeasing people and don’t even deem honouring God a part of our lives,
When we start taking responsibility for all our choices and even go as far as claiming full ownership of our own lives,
When no one and nothing else matters but us, neither God nor a need to honour Him with our very lives.
These situations would be deemed acceptable if we were our ‘own’, but the fact is we are not. We have been created, purposed and given this life to be custodians of. If for nothing, we are accountable to the giver of the gift. Sweetheart, we are only because God is, that is why whether in life or in death, we have to bring honour to Him.