I have been thinking a lot about the "how's" of Christianity lately. "How" are we to act, speak, think, live as believers? What are the responsibilities we carry walking this world as image bearers of a perfect Savior? Of course, one could write an entire dissertation on these things and still not provide a conclusive answer, but what came to mind were a few "live as" and "live for" phrases in Scripture.
Ephesians 5:8 says: For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.
We are to live "as children of light". That means living with a full awareness that we are shining His light if we allow Him to shine through us, and if we're willing to give Him the glory.
In Luke 11:35, Jesus warns us: "See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness" because "the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble" (Proverbs 4:19). Fighting the darkness by letting God use us to be reflectors of His light, which is the hope in His Son.
1 Peter 2:16: Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil.
We are to live "as free men", in a constant awareness of the freedom we have in Christ, yet not using that same freedom as an excuse to keep living in the dark, trusting that we have a place in Heaven. With our salvation comes a profound change of heart towards the things of God, and a conviction that makes it almost impossible to continue in the darkness. The freedom is in Jesus unlocking that door that previously kept us in darkness. It is in knowing the truth by faith, and radically living in the paths of that truth.
2 Corinthians 5:15: And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
Jesus died SO THAT we "should no longer live for" ourselves! There comes that responsibility, and it goes right back to the OT commands. We are alive in Christ not for our own pleasure first and formost, but to bring glory to HIS name. The joy that comes with this is so much bigger than any self-centered motives could ever bring us.
Galatians 2:19: For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God.
Living for God. No commentary needed
1 Peter 2:24: He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.
Living for righteousness. Not our own, but the one that was given to us in Christ.
Ok, these are by no means comprehensive ideas....just snippets of thoughts that are running through my less-than-organized mind. To be continued....in the meantime, feel free to share your thoughts on this.