“And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.” (5:15)
That sentence is radical! When reading it, it can be easily lost in the paragraph, or at least, it can be lost in the thought that it only applied to Paul and his companions because they were the radical ones.
However, if you apply it to yourself (which you should because Christ died for all, vs. 14), it’s radical! …no longer live for myself but for him…..
That’s hard to imagine since everything I do is for myself! Maybe I can say that some of what I do is for my husband and kids…..but….I am pretty focused on myself. What will make me full (food), what will make me comfortable (housing, clothes. temperature), what will make me happy (exercise, activities, friends, travel), what will entertain me (books, movies, music). Yup, it’s all about me.
What if I put myself in the mind frame of a servant of days gone by (we don’t have servants these days so it’s kind’a hard to imagine). Their existence was based on making their master happy. They got up earlier than their master to do their morning physical maintenance so that they could then fully attend to their master. They ate after their master. They looked to their master to be given their task for the day. All the results of their labor was to be given back to the master. A good crop?= it was their master’s, a growing flock= it was their master’s. They got none of it!
Being complete focused on one who is over you…putting your own needs second all the time,….that’s radical!!!
But this is what Jesus is calling us to do. He is the master and we are his servant. You take on this relationship when you accept that he purchased you for a price.
I am reminded of what he said in Luke 17:7-10, “Suppose one of you had a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Would he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’? Would he not rather say, ‘Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink.’? Would he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.”
Accepting Jesus as my savior is a radical commitment, I am now a slave to him. I should be doing everything a servant does that I listed above. My “me’ time should be the short moments in the early dawn before I give the rest of the day to him! 😳What a paradigm shift!!!
But, as you know, there are a lot of perks to being fully submitted to Him, so it’s not a bad arrangement! 😉