“For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.” Romans 14:7-8 NIV
There were some controversial subjects that were being discussed among the Christians. Some would say that they could eat anything, others, that we should eat only vegetables. Some were saying that one specific day was a holy day, others would see every day as the same.
This was because of their background. Some came from Judaism, in which they should not eat certain animals and keep the Saturday as the holy day, but others were brought to Christ without the old life under the Law of Moses.
Paul tells that when a person decided to don’t eat or to keep a day holy, they are doing for the Lord. Even if it is not required for us to do it, if their conscience tells them to do it, they should do it because they believe it is for the Lord. “For none of us live for ourselves alone”. “If we live, we live for the Lord”.
So may every attitude of our lives be for the Lord. if we live or die, let it be for the Lord.
Today there are so many styles of churches: older or modern, calm or excited, are just a few examples of styles. There are different styles of services, sermons, worship, administration, involvement of the members, etc…
And often churches would come to arguing if that is how the church should be doing it or not. (I do believe that we should stand firm in the truth of the Word of God, without trying to bend it to satisfy the pleasures of our flesh)
The point is that none of us, Christians, are living for ourselves. We need to remember that. My life isn’t to be lived for me but for the Lord.
So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God. (Romans 14:12 NIV)
Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. (Romans 14:19 NIV)
So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves. (Romans 14:22 NIV)
Jesus, let us not destroy the work of God with things that do not build up the church. Help us to edify the church. Help us to create bridges of unity between churches, and not division, even in cases we don’t share the same perspectives.