Over 700 teens filled into an auditorium to listen to a pastor talk about living for Christ. Camp is an amazing time, and there is no other theme as relevant for the life of a teen than to ask the question, “who are you living for?” For many in the room they had grown up in the church and knew the right answers, they knew the truth, they knew that there is only one God and Jesus came to live a perfect life and sacrifice himself paying the penalty that we owed. But the problem for many teens that have grown up in the church is that they conceptually believe these things to be true, but their lives look more like the world than they do of Christ.
“Who are you living for?” A question we must constantly be meditating on, because it is really easy to get caught up in the business of this world and find ourselves seeking our own good pleasure and not that of God’s. Jesus said to his disciples, “if you desire to be my disciple, you must deny yourself, pick up your cross daily, and follow me.” (Matt. 16:24) The Christian life is not one lived out in comfort and monetary fortune, it is not lived out in seeking pleasure or pursuing your own dreams and aspirations. The Christian’s life is first and foremost not their own. Our lives have been purchased by the blood of Jesus, we belong to Him.
Too often we detach our Christian life from our everyday life, but that is not how Jesus described being a Christian. It is an every moment thing, every aspect of life be driven by Christ and for Christ. “Who are you living for?” at home, at work, with family, with friends, by yourself… “Who are you living for?” Are you looking for ways to proclaim Christ? Are you magnifying Christ in everything you’re doing? Are you trusting in Christ? Are you treasuring Christ above all? This is what Paul meant when he said, “for me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Phil. 1:21) Our thoughts, our words, and our actions are for Christ.
For many of you reading this, you completely agree but you recognize that your life isn’t what it should be. How do we change?
- Confess your sin. God is ready and faithful to forgive.
- Repent. Confessing is only half of the coin; repentance is the other half. Repentance is turning from your sin and turning to God. A change of mind and action.
- Fix your eyes upon Christ. He is the author of your faith; he is faithful to work in you. How do you fix your eyes on Christ?
- Meditating on His word. It is not about quantity but about quality. Read and apply the truths of scripture to your life.
- Prayer. Spend time pouring out your heart to God and ask Him to conform you into the image of His Son.
- Community. Surround your self with other believers to help you strive towards Christ. Join a community group, join a ministry at church to serve in, meet new people at church and take them out to lunch, etc.
Who are you living for?