From the moment I received Christ Jesus as Lord, life ceased to be about me any more. From now on, “For to me, to live is Christ…” (Philippians 1:21). This is much more than just a life choice on my part (I’m now living for Christ) it is a statement of the strong spiritual reality of the Christian experience. When I received Christ as Lord of my life, I so completely identified with Christ and immersed my life into Christ that “I” simply am out of the equation! Paul says it this way, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). Paul goes on to say, “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” (2 Corinthians 5:15).
This truth is revolutionary and simply defines the Christian experience from here on out. The implications of this are enormous. In fact, they are so big that they change most of what we see happening in the church world around us. Think about it this way: if the Christian life is simply not about me and only about Jesus Christ, then it changes the way I view the worship leader’s choice of songs. If it is about me, then my preference in worship songs becomes the issue. If “I” am not the issue, then my preferences aren’t even in the equation—after all, worship is not for me or about me, it is only for Jesus and to Jesus! That perspective takes my preferences out of the equation and I am now able to take each song presented by the worship leader and re-present it to and for the King, exclusively! I will give more implications of this defining-issue truth in my next blog.