We Belong to God
Category : General
Romans 14: 8 (KJV)
8For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.
The former verse denies that we live or die to ourselves; by inference, therefore, we live or die to Christ. But this verse makes the assertion directly which was implied in the other.
Both in life and death we ought to serve God, and endeavor to promote His glory. The end of the verse draws that conclusion. Whether we live, therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s. Not only are we the Lord’s in giving our life at His command, but we are the Lord’s in the state of separation between soul and body. Be reminded that our bodies are the Lord’s, and will be preserved by Him till the resurrection, when in glory they shall be given back to us; and our souls, in the presence of God, will have happiness and glory till that period shall arrive.
Paul had already written that “neither life nor death” could separate the believer from the Lord (Romans 8:38), and here again is the same thought in other words. Life has many tedious and toilsome duties, but everything the child of God does is done in service to the Lord. In New Testament times, even such a thing as slave labor was discharged with that in view (Ephesians 6:6-8). What a golden glory this shed upon all life’s prosaic sands! What a silver lining this bestows upon every cloud. Even death itself here appears in a new dimension, for Christians are the Lord’s even in death. Paul himself lived in daily contemplation of death, living a life that was constantly threatened and in jeopardy every hour. Enemies without and within, perilous travels, serpents, shipwrecks, robbers, and plots of murder made danger his daily bread; but here surfaces the secret spring of his life’s overflowing optimism and the source of his granite endurance. He was the Lord’s, not merely in life, but in death as well. Every child of God may claim the same legacy.
By the word unto, live unto the Lord, Paul embodies the relation between these three great elements. Live, he says, and perform all your duties to society and to one another; and the way to do so is to live unto the Lord. You are to live with men, for men, but with your thoughts reaching out unto God. These real personal relations between your individual soul and God are not to be sacrificed to your duties to one another. It is important that we know and understand that we cannot live as Paul bids us to live, until we live unto God, with our eyes and thoughts and prayers turned to Him.
The solidity of the bond of possession which unites the believer to the Lord, rests on his side on the subjective fact of faith, but on the Lord’s side on an objective fact which nothing can shake: the sovereignty of the glorified Christ, in virtue of which He evermore controls the contrast between life and death. We live to do his will, and to promote his glory. This is the grand purpose of the life of the Christian. Other people live to gratify themselves; the Christian to do those things which the Lord requires. By “the Lord” here the apostle evidently intends the Lord Jesus, as it is evident from Romans 14:9; and the truth taught here is, that it is the leading and grand purpose of the Christian to do honor to the Savior. It is this which constitutes his special character, and which distinguishes him from other people. Consider how a real living obedience to the command to live unto the Lord would affect our lives here in our present society. Let us live to please God and not man!
Have a great and God filled day!