For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. – 2 Corinthians 5:14-15
Meditation: There is an old hymn, I’ll Live For Him, by Ralph E. Hudson (pictured above). Hudson fought in the U.S. Civil War as a common soldier and also as a nurse. Following the war, this musically inclined man taught music in Pennsylvania and was later ordained as a pastor and continued to publish hymns. The pattern of his life demonstrated a sincere desire to serve the Lord. Why? Because He found a worthy Master in Jesus Christ? Partly. I think it goes deeper.
I believe that Mr. Hudson realized the same thing as the Apostle Paul: living for Christ is the proper reaction of love to the Lord’s supreme loving sacrifice on the Cross and His continual intercession for our souls. Paul left this idea throughout his letters. To the Colossians he wrote, “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:2-3).
Our life is hidden within the protective shadow of His divine hand. Outside of this grasp, we are forfeit and without hope. We are dependent upon Christ for our life now and forever. What greater reason could we have to live Him who died for us?!
Call to Action: Look at the lyrics of the hymn I’ll Live For Hymn. You can find the words and music here. Ask for this hymn at your church at the next opportunity. Sing loud and praise the Lord, your Redeemer.