If we live, we live to honor the Lord; and if we die, we die to honor the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.Romans 14:8(ISV)
Jesus is our Saviour - He is our Lord - He is our God. Jesus saved us by grace. Salvation (which translates into eternal life and all its attendant benefits), is His gift of grace to all who believe in Him, through faith. The price He paid for us was His own life and as believers we should be living unto the Lord, living to please our Saviour for the honour of His name and to the glory of God. We belong to Him and we stand or fall before Him alone.
Everything is for the glory of God. Even "the heavens declare the glory of God," and God will not give His glory to anyone else. And we have a wonderful opportunity in our lives to live to the glory of God: "Whatever you do, do it to the glory of God."
In this chapter, Paul is not giving us a list of regulations to keep in order to glorify God. We live under grace and everything is permissible for us, although not everything is beneficial. Paul is not telling us what to do, but the posture of our hearts before the Lord in our decisions and activities.
No matter what we eat or drink, we are to do it as unto the Lord. Wherever we go or whatever we do, we are to do it as unto the Lord. No matter what we think and how we act, whether we live or whether we die, we belong to the Lord and we are to do everything as unto Him - to glorify His name. In this way, as well as glorifying the Lord, we will live at peace with our brothers and sisters, and be a blessing to them.
Oh, in reality, whether our lives please Him or sadden Him, He will ultimately use it to His glory, but how much better that in all we say and all we do and all we think, we do everything as unto the Lord. As we live, let us live to honour the Lord, and should we die, let us die to honour the Lord. For whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord, for He is our Saviour - He is our Lord - He is our God.
Loving Father, I pray that in all things, I live to please You. Not in my own strength, but through the power of Your Holy Spirit. Bring me to the point where I can say without hesitation, "Thy will, not mine be done." This I ask in Jesus' name, AMEN.
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