2 Corinthians 5:15 - Living for Jesus!
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 (NIV)
The emphasis here is the complete reorientation of the life from
self to God. The new life bears witness to the transforming power of
the Holy Spirit. The heart's warmest affections and best energies
are given to Christ, in the small things of life as well as in the
great. The life brings forth the fruits of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22, 23)
and reflects the soul's delight in doing the will of God (Ps. 1:2;
119:97). Love to God and to one's fellow men becomes life's controlling
motive, and the glory of God is the end of all thought and action. Such
a life becomes more and more sensitive to sin, more conscious of
its own need, and more ready to depend upon the grace of Christ.
Everything that Paul and his companions did was to honor God.
Christ's love controlled their lives. Because Christ died for us, we also
are dead to our old lives. Like Paul, we should no longer live to
please ourselves; we should spend our lives pleasing Christ, who died
for us and rose from the grave. [Life Application SB]
We should not make ourselves, but Christ, the end of our living
and actions. A Christian's life should be devoted to Christ. Alas,
how many show the worthlessness of their professed faith and love,
by living to themselves and to the world! [Matthew Henry
JESUS DIED FOR YOU
CAN'T YOU LIVE FOR HIM