Back to Reach • Devotion #6: Love of Christ Controls

When I graduated from high school, I decided to go to college for music. After a year of that, I thought, “How am I ever going to have a career that would provide for a family from music?” I then transferred to computer science the next year and made it three weeks into the classes when God made me realize that He had something else for me. I was more interested in planning out my future and how to provide for myself than I was about serving and trusting Him. I was not living with God as my master and provider. Instead, I was my own master. I obeyed that calling and it completely changed the course of my life. I moved away to go to a Christian college to study music and Bible theology. I did not want to move; I did not want to go to a new college. I hated change, and through the years I had no idea what was going to happen with my life. I just kept following the path before me knowing that I was doing what God asked of me.  

Serving the Lord is not just a matter of once a week. It is not just coming to a gathering and being involved in a ministry. It is your entire life. Every day, every hour, we are to serve the Lord. If Jesus is Lord of your life, are you obeying Him? Are you giving Him glory in everything you do? Are you serving Him in the things you do?   

When I decided to go to Bible college, I was not just changing the course of my life. Instead, it represented all my treasures, gifts and talents being given for God’s glory and not my own.

Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 5:14-15, “For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.”

Who or what are you living for?

Who do you obey?

Who do you worship and glorify?

Who do you serve?

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