Mark 16:15

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Learning from Song - Living for Jesus

Paul wrote that in our singing we are “teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” (Col. 3:16). Due to being quarantined I was unable to attend worship on Sunday. I watched a couple of programs produced and paid for by our brothers in Christ. I heard a song that I don’t ever remember hearing before, and it immediately struck me as being a great song. It was “Living For Jesus” written by Thomas Obadiah Chisholm in 1917. Let’s look at the words of this song and be instructed by it.
Verse 1: “Living for Jesus, a life that is true, Striving to please Him in all that I do; Yielding allegiance, glad-hearted and free, This is the pathway of blessing for me.” The only life that is a life that is true requires me to live for Jesus. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). The second line reminds me of what Paul said in Colossians 3:17: “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. And when we “yield allegiance, glad-hearted and free” we will say, “Speak Lord, thy servant heareth” (I Sam. 3:9). The pathway of blessings is only found in this way, because yielding in obedience to “that form of doctrine delivered you, you became servants of righteousness” (Rom. 6:17-18). We are baptized into Jesus Christ (Rom. 6:23) where all spiritual blessings are found (Eph. 1:3; Rev. 22:14).
Verse 2: “Living for Jesus Who died in my place, Bearing on Calv’ry my sin and disgrace; Such love constrains me to answer His call, Follow His leading and give Him my all.” Take time to read Isaiah 53 again. The Hebrew writer wrote of Jesus, ”who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame” (Heb. 12:2). And the shame included “being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree” (Gal. 3:13). How can anyone not be led to Jesus in humble adoration and obedience when he truly concentrates on these truths?
Verse 3: “Living for Jesus, wherever I am, Doing each duty in His holy Name; Willing to suffer affliction and loss, Deeming each trial a part of my cross.” Living for Jesus is an all-time responsibility. It is a 7 day, 24 hour religion. Time, place, and circumstances still require that we live for Jesus. We do each duty in His holy name as Colossians 3:17 teaches. As a Christian we must be willing to suffer affliction and loss, even to the point of “if a man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God in this name” (I Pet. 4:16 ASV). We must regard each trial as a part of our cross. Jesus said, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me”. Have you taken up your cross for Jesus?

Paul M. Wilmoth