Living for Christ

Brothers and sisters:
None of us lives for oneself, and no one dies for oneself.
For if we live, we live for the Lord,
and if we die, we die for the Lord;
so then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.
For this is why Christ died and came to life,
that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.
(Romans 14:7-9)

Scripture Study

14:7 no one dies for oneself Emphasizes dependence on God and unity among believers.

14:8 we die for the Lord Indicates that in all things, the believer’s purpose is to serve and please God.

we are the Lord’s Paul affirms that neither life nor death can adversely affect the believer’s union with Christ (see Rom 8:35; 1 Thess 5:10).

14:9 for this is why Here Paul reminds his audience that Christ’s death and resurrection should encourage believers to live for the Lord, not themselves. Christians should use their freedom in Christ to show love and respect to fellow believers since He died for all people—both the living and the dead, the strong and the weak.

Scripture Reflection

We do not own ourselves, we are not our own masters. God, One and Three, has created us, and Jesus Christ has freed us from sin by redeeming us with his blood. Therefore, he is our lord, and we his servants, committed to him body and soul. He is lord of our life and of our death.

Commenting on these verses St Gregory the Great says: “The saints, therefore, do not live and do not die for themselves. They do not live for themselves, because in all that they do they strive for spiritual gain: by praying, preaching and persevering in good works, they seek the increase of the citizens of the heavenly fatherland. Nor do they die for themselves because men see them glorifying God by their death, hastening to reach him through death” (In Ezechielem homiliae, 2, 10).

May the virtues of faith, hope, and love go with you today – DV.