For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. – Romans 14:8 ESV
In chapter 14 we are encouraged to live as unto the Lord in all areas of life. Romans points out the things that could lead to confusion, such as the food you eat, or the days you set aside for observance. It comes down to the fact that whatever we do we do it “to the Lord”.
The Christian’s life is not defined by our practices but by our commitment and our obedience “to the Lord”. For many we want to make the Christian life about the practices or disciplines of our faith; our prayers, our Bible study, our fellowship, or our sharing. Romans reminds us that in whatever or however we do it let our aim and focus be “to the Lord”. What does it mean “to the Lord”?
First it means that our end goal it to exalt and glorify Christ. Our goal is not about our efforts or our disciplines. It is ultimately about exalting Christ above all else. He becomes the reward for our seeking. Is our goal to show our obedience or is it to be obedient for Christ’s sake? May we find at the end of our disciplines Christ being highly exalted.
We also do all things “to the Lord” by living and serving as Christ demonstrated. Our model for service is clearly seen in the life of Christ. We live not to be served but to serve. Our selfish ambitions are set aside for Christ’s ambitions and we find the greatest joy in serving selflessly as He served the needs of others.
Lord my our dedication and service be unto You. May you be the sole motivation for all we do.