Tell my people …of their sins! Yet they act so pious! They come to the [church] every day and seem delighted to hear my laws. You would almost think this was a righteous nation that would never abandon its God. They love to make a show of coming to me and asking me to take action on their behalf. â€˜We have fasted before you!â€™ they say. â€˜Why arenâ€™t you impressed? We have done much penance, and you don’t even notice it! will tell you why! It’s because you are living for yourselves even while you are fasting. (Isaiah 58:1-ff NLT.)
It’s a worthy question today to ask yourself – “who am I living for?”
Going to church, saying prayers and singing songs is anything but the epitomy of faithfulness. Faithfulness demands that I live for others for this is what God has called me – all of us to. Faithfulness demands self sacrifice – remember a little phrase uttered by Jesus “take up your cross”? He didn’t intend to communicate there that we should grab two slices of wood and march around the city. Neither did he mean wear nice shiny gold and gem encrusted jewelry shaped like a torture device. What he meant was, “Take your life into your own hands – if you want to follow me; prepare to die.”
So living for others means dying to self. It means I’m no longer important – if I live then God shall take care of me for me. If I die, then God shall take care of me anyway. What does it matter if I live or die? It really matters not a scratch. What matters then is that I live my life for the benefit of others.