If we live, we live for the Lord. (Romans 14:8)
Each day, we wake up in the crosshairs of two ways to live: We can live large for the Lord, or we can live little for ourselves. The first way leads to a life of meaning, significance, and purpose; the second leads to a life of meaninglessness, insignificance, and purposelessness. The choice is always ours.
To live large is to live for the expansion of the cause of the Kingdom of Christ. It is to actively participate in making all things new, by sharing the good news of the Gospel with all those we come in contact with. Living large is declaring the truths of the Gospel with both our lips and our lives. It is living a life that is marked by loving God and loving our neighbor, regardless of the cost or circumstance.
To live little, on the other hand, is to live a life of personal peace and self-fulfillment. Remember, when you fix your eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2), your life expands to the boundaries of God’s kingdom. But when you focus on yourself, you shrink the size of your life down to the size of your life.
Who have you been living for lately? Look to Jesus, and let Him enable you, empower you, and equip you to live for nothing smaller than Him. When you are living for Jesus, it may not look like you are living large from the world’s perspective, because unbelievers measure “large” by what you get. But when you are living for Jesus, you are truly living large, because He measures large by what you give.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!