Give Your Life Away - Thursday, July 21st 2016
"Now when we heard these things, both we and those from that place pleaded with him not to go up to Jerusalem. Then Paul answered, "What do you mean by weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus."
Sometimes we say, "I would be willing to die for the Lord." If you say that and really mean it, then that's awesome. But are you willing to live for the Lord?
Paul wrote, "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." Galatians 2:20 NKJV
If anyone lived for Christ, it was the Apostle Paul. He endured many trials and suffered greatly in order to further the Gospel. Paul did end up dying for the Lord, but by his living for the Lord, his life was "poured out as a drink offering" (2 Tim 4:6). If you are living for the Lord, then you will be giving your life away and living sacrificially for others and not for yourself.
Jesus said, "If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give it up for me, you will find it." Matthew 10:39 NLT
Are you giving your life away?
Life Lesson: We should give our lives away as we follow Jesus.
Thank You for giving me new life in Christ. Please help me to live for You and help me to serve others sacrificially. Please forgive me for times when I have lived selfishly. In Jesus' name, amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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