For Me To Live Is...
Recently, I was on a run and I saw a car with a vanity plate that read “live2prty”. I thought to myself, now there’s an ambitious person. Then my thoughts went deeper and became more personal as I thought about what I lived for. Most of you know that I’m a stay at home dad. So, most of what I live for are my two children, Lincoln and Noelle. I live for my marriage with my beautiful wife, Erin. Basically, what I live for most is my family. Many would view this as noble, but there is something greater to live for than family.
What about you? What do you live for? Your children? Your spouse? Your family? The relationship you’re in? Your bank account? Your career? Your toys? Your happiness? Your addiction? Sex? To party? How fulfilling are these things to your life? I have a secret to share with you. There is something greater to live for than all of these things.
In his letter to the Philippians, the apostle Paul writes, “For to me to live is Christ” (1:21a). Question! Do you think it is easy to live for Christ? For me it’s not. Too often I get so distracted by what I’m living for that I fail to live for the greater thing, Jesus. But what does it mean to live for Christ? It means living a life of dependence on Him and honor to Him. To live for Christ means that He is your foundation, your center, and your purpose. To live a life for Christ means living in obedience to Him and becoming more like Him. You see, when you live for Christ, then living inevitably follows the way of Christ – the way of self-giving, self-humbling, and self-sacrifice (Philippians 2:5-8).
So, “For me, to live is __________.” Given your priorities and your schedule, how would you honestly finish this sentence? What would change if you said “Christ”?