Wednesday, December 2

Live for His honor

Scripture: Romans 13-16

Romans 14:6–8 Those who worship the Lord on a special day do it to honor him. Those who eat any kind of food do so to honor the Lord, since they give thanks to God before eating. And those who refuse to eat certain foods also want to please the Lord and give thanks to God. 7 For we don’t live for ourselves or die for ourselves. 8 If we live, it’s to honor the Lord. And if we die, it’s to honor the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.

Observation

Paul wrote to encourage the Roman Christians to extend grace to each other and love each other over matters of conscience.  He used eating certain foods and worshiping on certain days as examples of things over which they disagreed.  He gives two principles.

First, in these verses, whatever we do, we do it to honor the Lord.  We live for Him, to please and honor Him.  That should be equally true of us regardless of which side they we on: eat or not, this day or that, (and Republican or Democrat).

Second, in the verses that follow, we act out of love for others, putting them ahead of ourselves.  So we never let our liberty become someone else’s bondage.

Application

I was struck by the idea of doing everything to honor the Lord.  What if that became my primary motivation?  What if before each thing I did or said, I asked, “Will this bring honor to the Lord?”  Will this cause others to think more highly of Jesus, to acknowledge Him and how important He is?  

I want my life to be a living advertisement for Jesus, to honor and please Him.

Live in such a way that your life brings honor to Jesus.

Prayer: Lord, weave this so deeply into me that it literally becomes second nature to live for Your honor!