For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.

2 Corinthians 5:14-15

Living for Jesus is a great and awesome privilege. Believers should live for Christ out of the abundance that Jesus has provided for them. Let us examine three practical reasons to live for Jesus each day.

Simply put, Believers have been commanded to obey the Savior. Christ said, “If you love me, you’ll keep my commandments.” (John 14:15) The Lord’s people are implored to follow Christ because we love Him and desire to serve Him. Following Jesus is not optional for the true, born-again Christian.

God’s people also pursue the Savior because failing to do so has consequences. Believers are either following Jesus or they are following self. Living for self leads us to sin which carries its consequence. While Believers are secure in Christ, our sin still has repercussions for our fellowship with God, for our closeness in prayer, and for our witness and testimony. Therefore, true Believers seek to follow the Lord so they can enjoy the blessings of God and 

avoid the fallout from sin.

All genuine Christians desire to be a witness for Christ. (Acts 1:8) Telling others about Jesus flows more freely from a life that is surrendered to the Savior. If God’s people are following Him (through the Scriptures, prayer, the church, etc.), they are much more likely to see that fate of the lost and tell them about the salvation that Jesus offers.  Living for Christ increases our evangelistic efforts and makes us a more effective witness to the truth that is needed by those who are far from God.

Follow Jesus, Child of God. You will not regret it!

Tony French

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