For the Lord

6 He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, and he who eats, does so for the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who eats not, for the Lord he does not eat, and gives thanks to God.  7 For not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself; 8 for if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.  9 For to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living (Romans 14).

“For the Lord”—five times our eyes fall upon this phrase. Hmm … must be important. Paul is writing concerning days and food—whether some days are more special than others, and whether some food is forbidden. In the end, the question is always “Are you doing it for the Lord, or for yourself?” Or, “Are you doing it just because you love Jesus, or in order to keep from feeling guilty?” These are the best questions we could ever ask ourselves.

Do we belong to Jesus, or do we belong to our thoughts and feelings? Does the Spirit of Christ rule our hearts, or do our thoughts and feelings rule us? Is Jesus on the throne of our lives, or are our thoughts and feelings? Is Jesus Lord, or are our thoughts and feelings? Is all that we do “for the Lord” or is it for ourselves? Is all we do to please the Lord, or is it to make ourselves feel good about ourselves?

Lord, thank You that we belong to You! Help us This Day to do all that we do—for You, and for You alone. Amen.