Monday, May 3, 2010

Living for God


It is so very easy to live in sin and blatantly transgress the holy laws of the Almighty Creator even after receiving that grace that surpasses all knowledge. Sure, there was a time, last week or fifty years ago, when we did find ourselves wandering this earth aimlessly, living lives of carnality and fulfilling the desires of the flesh and yet devoid of peace. There was that part of our soul in which existed a boundless chasm of darkness and we did seek to fill the chasm with the things of the world, deceiving ourselves that the darkness would disappear soon. And, ah, when we did sink, like the Prodigal Son, under the weight of sin, our hands reached out to our Heavenly Father and our tiny voice did call out to Him. What sweetness did we taste at that moment when our Saviour pulled us out of the quicksand of our iniquities, washed us with His blood and assured us, with that divine voice “You are mine; I am yours”. Oh, glorious day! We did receive the love and grace of God!

But the Enemy is shrewd and cunning. How he sought us, the Father of Lies! How he made witty arguments in an attempt to bring us to the way of darkness! How the Son of Perdition did lie ready to pounce on us at our weakest moments! And yet our Lord is always ready to keep us safe, if we but utter that prayer of faith. But, oh! It is to our shame when we to sin do live in self-imposed oblivion. How we live lives unworthy of our Redeemer’s work of salvation, thinking proudly His grace has saved us and we are free from the Divine Condemnation.

The Apostle did declare in the Second Epistle to the Corinthians that “And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again” (2 Cor 5:15). What the Apostle is driving at but that we should no longer continue in our selfish ways and should no longer do as we see fit. That was not the reason why the Lamb of God was slaughtered at Calvary, so that we, children of the dust, may carry on with the pettiness that is our lives. But He did give of Himself that we in return may live a reversed life, a life devoted to Him with gladness and pure devotion. Let us then examine ourselves and have that much needed conversation with our soul. Repent. Fall down before the Redeemer and ask of His forgiveness. Live for Him.

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