He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.
2 Corinthians 5:15
It amazes me how much destruction a child can bring into the world. The day my son was born a sledgehammer was taken to the life I had built for myself. Let me be candid, I loved my life and watching it shattered to pieces about killed me. Freedom, guilt-free laziness, and spending crazy amounts of time on pleasing myself were amazing! Right in front of me, my son took it all and destroyed it. With a smile on his face and an adorable giggle it was gone in an instant.
I wouldn’t trade back, but it would be false to say that I didn’t enjoy what I had before. Sometimes it feels like when we have something new we have to hate that which we had before. I just don’t think it is so black and white. I wish it were like that. It would make saying goodbye to your old self much easier.
It is like that with Christ too. Please, hear me out before you silence me as a heretic. Maybe not for everyone but, initially for some, it is difficult to go all in with following Christ. We are worried that we might be making a bad trade – and that is understandable. Up until the point of holding my son in my arms I wondered if I was making a bad trade. Then it happens; the truth surrounds us and overwhelms us. All of a sudden we realize that there is something better, something with more meaning, something with deeper purpose, something far bigger than ourselves… Our worth is no longer as valuable when compared with the worth of the one who died for us and was raised for us.
I still have days when I look back upon my old life in awe. I remember being very happy. Even though I can acknowledge that I was happy then – it was in ignorance. Now that I understand the immense joy and purpose I have found in relationship with my son, there is zero chance I ever trade back. The same is true with the relationship I have with Christ. The old is gone and the new has come – there is no going back now. You could never talk me into living for just myself ever again.
Think about: What is a practical difference between living for yourself and living for Christ? What do you do, think, invest in now that you never would if you were back to living for yourself?
Pray: Lord, thank you for changing me. Thank you for purpose. Today as I plan my day, help me to remember who it is that I live for now. Help me understand the practical ways I can choose to live for you. Give me three things I can do today that build you up in my life and in the lives around me.