Verse 13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.
Question 1 – What is your only comfort in life and in death? Answer – …Because I belong to Him, Christ, by His Holy Spirit, assures me of eternal life and makes me whole-heartedly willing and ready from now on to live for Him.
Today we come to the end of our short study on the first question and answer of the Heidelberg catechism. We have looked at how we belong to God, how faithful He is, how He is working everything in our lives – the good and the bad – for our good and His glory, and that He holds us in the comfort of His hands even when things aren’t going as we had planned. Today we finish off our study by looking at the importance of living a life dedicated to Him out of gratitude.
It is so easy to think that we live only for ourselves. We can be so focused on who we are trying to make ourselves out to be and what we want to make of our lives that we forget that we are not to be living for this life. We have been bought by God with the blood of His Son, not for this life but for the next. We often live for the benefit of this life and what we miss is that we are to be living for the benefit of eternity.
The choices of our everyday life can and should have eternal impact. The simplest decision in our day can open an opportunity to shine for Christ. Things that we do without much thought can be something that God has planned all along to use us for His purpose in another person’s life. He may just have that person prepared to hear a word of kindness from Him through our lips. Or maybe that person that we come across that needs a quick hand has been praying someone would come along and help and we are the answer to their prayer.
When we are willing to live as Christ would have us live, as He lived, He can use us in many ways and all for an eternal benefit. Our only comfort in life and death is that we are His and not just in this life. When we are living as He has called His children to live, we are revealing the glory of eternal life while living here on earth. His glory is being shown to those around us as they see Him through the way we live.
Making It Personal
Do you find comfort in living as God calls you to live? Where do you struggle to live for God? Could this struggle to live for God come from a lack of surrender to Him and His ways?
Making It Personal Kids
What does it mean to live whole-heartedly for God? What are some things you can do for God? Do you live like God wants you to?
Father, thank You for being our comfort and guide. Keep growing us into the people You desire us to be. In Jesus’ name, amen.