I’ve been thinking about these verses this week:

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.
— 2 Cor. 5:14-15

If we’re struggling with depression, thoughts of suicide, stress, or frustration in our lives, I’m wondering if these verses are the antidote. First, if our lives belong to Jesus Christ, then we have no right to take them, because they are not ours but His. Second, if our lives belong to Him, there is no reason to feel disappointment, as our focus is to please Him and not ourselves.

This takes the pressure off of our relentless pursuit of happiness. We know He is pleased with our feeble efforts done in faith, because He has said so. And we also know that, no matter what happens to us in this world, our ultimate reward is to be with Him in heaven, which is far better.

If I’m even close to the truth on this, doesn’t it make sense to seek to live each day for Him and not for self?

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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