For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. 8For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. [9For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.]
In Romans 14, Paul deals with some of the more messy parts of Christian relationships.
Specifically, he exhorts believers not to:
- quarrel with one another (v. 1),
- despise each other (v. 2),
- nor pass judgment on each other (v. 2).
Rather, he encourages Christians to welcome each other (v. 1) because “God has welcomed” them (v. 3). And after welcoming them in the beginning, He is “able to make them stand” to the end (v. 4).
Paul then briefly addresses the matter of personal convictions and says that believers must be persuaded how they can best honor the Lord and thus give thanks to Him (v. 6). Which leads us to our text.
Living and Dying Unto the Lord
Every Christian who has ever lived (and died!) can be comforted by the fact that they “are the Lord’s.” They belong to Him. That’s the main truth Paul wants the Romans to embrace in these two verses.
And since all believers belong to the Lord, they live for His sake (not their own) and they die for His sake (not their own). In other words, every part of their lives—even unto eternal life—exists to honor the Lord.
So, how can we better embrace this reality? How can we gladly get on board with the way God has designed our lives? Here is where the context helps us.
We live and die unto the Lord when we honor Him and give thanks to Him (v. 6). That’s why we were created.
- How can you more consiously “live unto the Lord” today?
- How does the fact that “we die to the Lord” relate to our fear of dying?
- Pray about who you could strengthen today with the knowledge that they “are the Lord’s.”