Life Always For Him
HEIDELBERG CATECHISM, LORD’S DAY 1
What is your only comfort in life and in death?
That I am not my own, but belong – body and soul, in life and in death – to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ.
He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood, and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil. He also watches over me in such a way that not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my Father in heaven: in fact, all things must work together for my salvation.
Because I belong to him, Christ, by his Holy Spirit, assures me of eternal life and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.
What must you know to live and die in the joy of this comfort?
Three things: first, how great my sin and misery are; second, how I am set free from all my sins and misery; third, how I am to thank God for such deliverance.
Life Always For Him
Friday, January 6: Ephesians 2:8-10
My greatest comfort and joy is that I belong to Jesus! Therefore, “because I belong to him, Christ, by his Holy Spirit…makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.” We quickly apply these words to acts of charity – welcoming refugees to America, building schools in Haiti or preparing dinner for the homeless. But you do not have to be a follower of Jesus to do that. In fact, every one should live with the spirit that serves the well-being of the human family. So, what is the meaning of the Heidelberg? The foundation and motivation to live for Jesus is His sacrificial death on the cross (Philippians 2:5-11). The authority's those Jesus arrested Him came from Him. The hands that nailed Him to the cross were His creation. He is Ruler over all (Colossians 1:15-23) and He reminded His disciples that He was more than able to end the assault of evil at any moment (Matthew 26:52-54). The gospel truth is this: Jesus voluntarily laid down His life; no one took it from Him. He voluntarily endured the cross for our sake. That’s why the Bible teaches to avoid selfish ambition and vain conceit, and why the Heidelberg teaches us to be “wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.” Jesus does not provide drive-through Happy Meal religion. To share in His identity, I must deny myself. To be clothed in His character, I must take up His cross and die to my sin. To serve Him I must follow and obey His will. Have you asked what it means to “live for Christ” as a spouse, parent, Church member, employee, neighbor or minority? Perhaps we should ask: “Do I engage in service to get something from Jesus or is living for Jesus the goal that permeates my whole life? I pray He will be our greatest comfort and all defining joy!
Pastor Calvin Hoogendoorn