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.
What are some circumstances of life that you think might cause you to despair? Chronic illness? Betrayal? A wayward child? Job loss? Death? We like to think that we’re steady, but the truth is, most of us begin to shake just at the thought of discouraging news.
This is why Paul’s attitude is so challenging. Whatever happens, we belong to the Lord. Jesus died and rose again to secure our place with Him. He has given us a kingdom that absolutely cannot be shaken. It’s not improbable, it’s impossible for God’s kingdom and His kingdom promises to fall apart. Yes, our circumstances can shake, and they most certainly will. But let them, because we can be “convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:38-39.)
If God’s kingdom cannot be shaken, then neither can its kingdom citizens. Our security in Christ is meant to impact not only the life to come but also the life that is right now. We belong to the Lord. So, let us live for the Lord, too, in thankfulness and worship no matter what circumstances come our way.
• How would you finish the statement: If I live, I live to ___________, and if I die, I die to _______?
• What would it look like for you to live “to the Lord” today?
• Thank God for His unshakable kingdom given to you. Ask Him to remind you each day that His kingdom is yours to enjoy even now, as you worship Him in reverence and awe.