You can live for lots of things. Success. Fame. Fortune. Pleasure. Alcohol, drugs, sex. The approval of others. You can even live for healthy things in an unhealthy way – kids, jobs, achievement, etc.
Some of the things for which we live aren’t bad in and of themselves. It’s okay to enjoy a hobby, work hard at your job, and even to be entertained.
The problem occurs when we truly live for something other than the primary purpose for which God formed, gifted, and called us. You can usually tell what your world is revolving around by answering a couple of basic questions…
- What keeps me up at night?
- What gets me up in the morning?
- What do I think about all day long?
Or you could also identify your driving motivation by assessing your management of resources. Whatever you spend your time, your energy, your money, and your thoughts on is what you’re living for.
Sometimes we even make the mistake of thinking if we live against a lot of wrong things, we must be living for the right things. But often we wind up blinded by our own self-righteousness.
The Apostle Paul articulated quite well what it looks like to live for God’s purposes.
I admit that I haven’t yet acquired the absolute fullness that I’m pursuing, but I run with passion into his abundance so that I may reach the purpose that Jesus Christ has called me to fulfill and wants me to discover. I don’t depend on my own strength to accomplish this; however I do have one compelling focus: I forget all of the past as I fasten my heart to the future instead. I run straight for the divine invitation of reaching the heavenly goal and gaining the victory-prize through the anointing of Jesus. So let all who are fully mature have this same passion, and if anyone is not yet gripped by these desires, God will reveal it to them. And let us all advance together to reach this victory-prize, following one path with one passion.
Philippians 3:12-16 TPT
Regardless of your career status, your marital status, or your hobbies and interests, everything in your life can be brought into submission to King Jesus’ rule over your life. You can determine to align with his purposes, and there’s no better way to live!
Thomas Chisholm wrote a hymn entitled Living for Jesus, and the last stanza sums it up well…
Living for Jesus through earth’s little while,
My dearest treasure, the light of His smile;
Seeking the lost ones He died to redeem,
Bringing the weary to find rest in Him.
As honestly as possible, answer this… what is it that you’re living for?