This is the consecration to Christ of my life. To think, to study, to understand His will and to read His Word. To make Him the object of my love, joy and hope. To use my mouth to speak for Him, hands to work for Him and my feet to carry His message. To be one with Him.
So when I resign my life to Him, and its pleasure, to magnify Him, I can do so by living or by dying. Even in death, I know I will be raised up to live with Him forever. In the faith and hope of this, whether I live or die, it is for His glory and I know I am the Lord’s.
The follower of Christ lives to the Lord – the most important reality in my life. Jesus is the hub of my day-to-day existence – everything revolves around Him and my conversation with Him is in being thankful, confessing and asking with some meditative time to listen. Jesus did model a life of prayer and our impact in the world would be extraordinary if our life were always pointing in a certain direction – Jesus. Wherever I am, whatever company I keep, or the day of the week – my heart is going to God in a spirit of dependence and hope. I live because I belong to the Lord.
This is all I have to give to those who have fallen to addictions of some kind or have decided they no longer want to live. Hope is what they have coming from somewhere that they can change and I am right in front of them knowing where that hope is coming from. They can be raised up in Jesus who sits at God’s right hand and they can live with Him forever if they believe and put their faith in Him.
We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living. – Romans 14:7-9
1. We are the Lord’s; His all-sufficient merit, Sealed on the cross, to us this grace accords. We are the Lord’s and all things shall inherit; Whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.
2. We are the Lord’s; then let us gladly tender Our souls to Him in deeds, not empty words. Let heart and tongue and life combine to render No doubtful witness that we are the Lord’s.
3. We are the Lord’s; no darkness brooding o’er us Can make us tremble while this star affords A steady light along the path before us– Faith’s full assurance that we are the Lord’s.
4. We are the Lord’s; no evil can befall us In the dread hour of life’s fast-loos’ning cords; No pangs of death shall even then appal us. Death we shall vanquish, for we are the Lord’s.