Are You Living for Jesus Or Yourself?

Who Are You Living For?

When a man or woman decides to become a born-again Christian, he/she chooses to repent of their sins, not follow their own flesh/lustful desires. One chooses to do this in order to show God that they are sorry for their sins and now wish to follow the Holy Bible. 

The New Testament is a collection of writings from the first apostles and those that new Jesus Christ.  The apostles instructed Christians on how to live their lives after Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross.

Today, millions of people around the world have decided to give their life to Jesus and to not follow their “worldly” desires.  The “things of this world” will not be there for you once you die. Instead, you will enter either heaven or hell. 

The Holy Bible tells us that there is a destiny for every person that lives.  We have the power to choose this by either accepting Jesus as our savior or choosing to not to.  The New Testament teaches us that if someone doesn’t accept Jesus as their savior, they will not be saved. 

Why Do Some Christians Choose to Live for Themselves Instead of Jesus?

Many Christians in the 21st century believe that it’s okay to purposely sin everyday because Jesus will forgive them for all the sins that they commit.  The sinful behaviors that they are committing are not by accident. Instead, they are deliberate. 

An Example:

Let us say that a 25-year-old Christian woman is going out clubbing for the night. She wants to dance and socialize with some of her Christian and non-Christian friends.  It’s basically a “girls’ night out”. 

There is nothing wrong with going out dancing and having a good time with friends.  Even Jesus himself sat amongst sinners in establishments that were forbidden for Jews to enter.  However, Jesus never sinned. He was without sin. 

In the heart of the 25-year-old woman, she feels lonely for a romantic companion.  She feels that its possible for her to get tempted to sleep with a man because she is going out and socializing with many people.  She also says to herself, “I know that I will most likely sleep with a man tonight if I meet one that I like.  After all, Jesus is going to forgive me anyways.”  How would you view her intention?  Do you think that her thoughts are sinful?  Will Jesus forgive her?  Will this kind of thinking interfere with her relationship with Jesus Christ?  Let us look at some answers below? 

Will Jesus Always Forgive You for the Sins That You Have Committed?

Yes.  In the scriptures, the book of John tells us that Jesus will forgive our sins if we confess them to him (1 John 1:9).  The Lord is always there to forgive us. 

How Would You View The 25-Year-Old Woman’s Intentions?

Her intentions are to willingly sin even though she knows that what she is about to do is wrong.  If you choose sin over God’s word, you are dealing with a reprobate mind.  A reprobate mind is when you can’t stop sinning.  You are intentionally sinning.  This does not please God. Please read Romans 1:28. 

When a person has a reprobate mind, their sin is basically controlling them.  They choose to obey their sin, rather than God.  They know that what they were doing was wrong but choose to do it anyways.

If a person refuses to repent of their sin, the Bible says that they get cast into hell.  In 1 Corinthians 6:9, it says that people that refuse to stop sinning will enter hell.  The reason for this is because they have chosen to obey their own desires of the heart instead of God’s word. 

If this 25-year-old woman keeps on living for herself, she will see hell instead of heaven when she dies. This is because she has no truly accepted Jesus and has not fully repented of her sins. 

The Holy Bible is there for her to follow and she must read it every single day in order to see that God does not approve of her mindset.  Jesus will forgive Christians that have given their heart to him. However, is a person with a reprobate mind really living for Jesus or for themselves? 

Before this woman commits her sin by sleeping with a man at the night club, she will get a voice inside of her head that says, “Don’t do this. You know that its wrong. It’s sinful.”  However, if she chooses to do this sin, she is going against the word of God and not honoring God.

It’s one thing to have a slip up and fall. However, when someone intentionally sins because they don’t care about what God has to say, that is putting yourself in a danger zone. 

There is a difference between someone that has a fall because the devil came and tempted them, and they normally wouldn’t do something like that.  However, it’s another thing when God knows your heart and sees that you are doing whatever you feel like because you have no regard or respect for his word.  When this happens, your mind is reprobate, and you should repent. 

What Happens When a Person Lives in Sin?  How Will Their Relationship Be with Jesus Christ?

When a person lives in sin, they cannot have a relationship with God.  The reason is because you will feel ashamed of yourself because you are intentionally disrespecting God’s word. God shows you through his word repeatedly that what you are doing is wrong and yet you still do it.

You will feel that every time that you read the Holy Bible, its speaking to you.  You know that you can’t give God glory if you yourself is not following his word. How can you worship God knowing that you don’t care what he has to say about how you should live your life? 

When the Holy Spirit convicts you of sin and you don’t repent, it’s impossible to have a relationship with God.  Jesus wants us to be hot for him.  He says in the book of Revelation that if we are lukewarm with Him, He will spit us out of his mouth (Revelation 3:16). 

As you see, having a relationship with Jesus means that you are trying to repent of your sinful ways and give yourself entirely to God.  As you go on this journey, you will see many of your own sinful lusts and desires that require changing as we try to grow and get closer to God.  Therefore, it called being born again.  You are starting over again in your life. 

What Happens If I Can’t Stop Sinning?

This is a common problem today in the 21st century.  Millions of Christians and non-Christians alike struggle with sin. You need to keep on asking God to change your heart and to remove that sin from your life.  Remember the Our Father prayer that Jesus Christ taught us. It asks God to “lead us not into temptation”. We ask God to deliver us from the devil.  Your temptation comes from the devil.  The devil’s purpose is to separate you from God.  In this way he can destroy your soul, and have you cast into hell with him.  This is a place that you don’t want to go. When you live for Jesus, your life begins to change, and you begin to see that you can learn how to do things God’s way instead of your own. 

What Does it Take to Live for Jesus and Not for Yourself?

  • Repentance
  • Asking God for Forgiveness of Your Sins
  • The Willingness and Wanting to Change
  • Admitting that Your Natural Desires Are Often Not God’s Will for Your Life
  • Asking God to Give You the Strength to Turn Away from Your Sins
  • Reading the Holy Bible Everyday for Direction and Discernment
  • Worshipping God and Thanking Him for All That He Has Given to You
  • Realizing That You are a Sinner and Much of What You Have Been Taught by This World is Wrong

Now that you have a rough idea of what living for yourself is all about, I hope that you make the decision to repent of your sins and turn to God.  We live in a world today that is beginning to live like they did in the days of Noah.  God destroyed the earth with a worldwide flood when the earth became so sinful.  He only saved Noah, his family and some animals.  Everything else on the earth was destroyed.  Thank goodness we have Jesus so that anyone that asks him for salvation will be saved (John 3:16).

If you are a Christian believer, I ask that you share this post with others that may be struggling with sin.  My hope is for all Christian believers to repent of their sins and turn to God.

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