“But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear” (Matthew 13:16, NIV).
I can't tell you the number of times that I end up typing “live” instead of “love” on my iPhone. I type to friends “I live you”, and then go back and change it to “I love you”. It hit me this morning that not only do I need to tell the Lord “I love you”, I need to tell him “I live you” in my obedience and commitment.
Living for Jesus is dying to self. If I allow Him to live through me, I am giving Him the greatest respect and love. I have exchanged my life for His love. There is no greater love than dying for another. He died for me. He demonstrated this incredible love by living His purpose and dying in order that I might live and know His love. He gave up himself for me on the cross. How I can I not give up myself for Him now, and allow Him to live through me?
Dying to self is the hardest commitment. I deal with human issues like pride, control, and my own desires. It is human to want my way instead of His. But I am called to live His love, and I can't live it if I want my own way. If I really love Him, these human issues should be crucified with Christ. The life and love He has given for me are meant to be the heartbeat and purpose of my life.
When I live Him and when I love with His love, I become less and He becomes more. Instead of seeing with my human eyes, I see with His spiritual eyes. He helps to recognize the need and potential of others. Instead of hearing with my human ears, He gives the ability to hear the reason for a broken heart. If I fully love Him, I gain spiritual insight and understanding to live Him. My life not only tells Him “I love you”. It says “I live you.”