“It’s My Life”

May 18, 2015

                                                “It’s My Life”

“It’s my life, and I demand the right to live it any way I want to.” If you know people with that attitude, it’s best that you be a little nervous around them.  It is unfortunate that many people think that way.  If you think that way, please read this article and give serious consideration to changing your attitude.

Selfish

It is selfish to think you have a right to live any way you want to.  The counsel that is often given to people is: “It’s your life.”  These words need to be followed with the word “but.” The choices you make will affect your future well-being and that of those around you.  Romans 14:7 says, “For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.”  We are in this life together.  An important lesson we all need to learn is that of relationships.

You may say, “It’s my car and I have a right to do what I want to with it.” That is true with certain limitations.  You don’t have a right to be a menace on the road with it.  “It’s my gun and I have a right to do what I want to with it.” Again you need to put limitations on what you can do with it.  You don’t have a right to shoot at your neighbor’s house with it.  “It’s my body and I have a right to do what I want to with it.” The Bible tells us that we can sin against our body.  I Corinthians 6:18 says, “Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.”  Sometimes people think and say, “What two people do by mutual consent is no one else’s business.” That isn’t true because, sooner or later, it touches the lives of others.  What you think you have a right to do isn’t always in your best interest.

Submission

We need to be willing to surrender our rights for the good of others.  Human life, as we know it, would be impossible if everyone lived with the “It’s my life” attitude.  The marriage relationship could not function.  There would be no cooperation in the work place.  Human government would be impossible.  We must be in submission to the laws and the authorities who enforce the laws.

There is no room for the “It’s my life” attitude in Christian living.  When we become a Christian we surrender to God’s authority. When someone makes a profession of salvation, if there is no repentance, it’s doubtful that they are genuinely saved.  Mark 1:15 says, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”  Along with repentance will be a surrender of the life to God.

Romans 12:1 says, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” Obedient Christians seek the will of God regarding what they should or shouldn’t do.

What is often called “the golden rule” is found in Matthew 7:12. It says, “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.”  If we expect others to take our well-being into consideration in the decisions they make, then we need to take their well-being into consideration in our decisions.

We as Christians have no right to say, “It’s my life.” We have been bought with a price.  My life belongs to God.  He has a right to do what he wants to with me.  In Matthew 20:15 Jesus asks the question “Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own?”  The obvious answer is “Yes.”

Even if you aren’t a Christian, you don’t have a right to do what you want to with your life.  If you go too far with that attitude you may lose your right entirely and find yourself locked up in prison.  Make your life count for others.  They need what you can do for them, and you need what they can do for you.

If you have questions or comments you can send them to us at the following address: rusandmargaretgeorge@windstream.net

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