T. I. and Rihanna sang the song “So live your life” as an anthem to one of his albums. It was a song encouraging us to live life to the fullest by achieving our dreams and doing what we determine best for us. At first the song seems to provide sage advice. But I ask “Is that the appropriate way for a Disciple of Christ to live?
Paul an Apostle of Jesus Christ calls that perspective living as “an enemy of the cross.” He writes: “I have often told you, and now tell you with tears in my eyes, that many live as the enemies of the cross of Christ” (Philippians 3:18 GWT).
Living your life focused only on pleasure and materialism is both shortsighted and selfish. Pursuing happiness in this life with no regard for the next is antithetical to Christian faith. Jill Scott says that she’s “living her life like it’s golden.” And she is correct in regarding her life as a precious gift from God. However, living your life appropriately entails living your life by faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
In other words, you choose daily to live your life from a heavenly view. You acknowledge that your life is not lived based solely on achieving your goals, fulfilling your dreams. Rather you intentionally surrender your life to Christ and seek to achieve Christ’s purposes. To do otherwise is what Paul classifies as “living as an enemy of the cross.”
Spend some time thinking about whose purpose you’re promoting and why.