We Belong to the Lord!
For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. If we live we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that He might be the Lord of both the dead and the living. You, then why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat.--------Romans 14:7-10
When a person gives their HEART and LIFE to God, they don’t belong to themselves, but have been REDEEMED or PURCHASED with the shed blood of His Only Begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. So if we live we live for Him and if we die we die for Him. Either way we belong to Christ. He paid the price and redeemed us from our SINFUL, WRETCHED SELVES. And whether we live or die, we do it for Him.
It was for this very reason that Christ was CRUCIFIED, (died), then RESURRECTED, (brought back to life), so that He might be LORD of both the LIVING and the DEAD.
Paul in this letter to the Believers in Rome, asks the question, which appears to have been a problem for them, and seems to be a problem that still exists today; “why do you judge your brother or sister? And “Why do you treat them with contempt?” Jesus said, “Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye but don’t notice the log in your own eye?” We are to HELP, in the spirit of LOVE, when a brother or sister in the Lord stumbles or falls. The Bible tells us that we are to go to them in LOVE and HELP restore them back into the fold. We are NOT to condemn them or pass sentence on them, because we aren’t their judge.
Paul says that we shouldn’t look down on our brothers and sisters and think of them as less than us. Because WE ALL will stand before God’s judgment seat, not for our sins , because they have been covered by the shed blood of our LIVING LORD, but our SERVICE or WORKS done for Him will be taken through the fire and tested to see if they were done for HIS honor and glory.
If you have not given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are NOT LIVING for HIM and you will NOT DIE for HIM. But you are headed for another judgment seat, the one where God’s judgment will be passed on those who have REJECTED His Son, time and time again, UNLESS you: CONFESS your sins to God asking for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and let Him be LORD over your LIFE and DEATH. Do it NOW, while you STILL can. He’s waiting!!!