Live and Die to the Lord
A Sermon on Romans 14:5-9
One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God. For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living. (ESV)
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones continues his sermon series on Romans 14:5-9, addressing the need for unity among believers on issues that are not central to the Christian faith. Drawing from Paul, however, he reminds us that we have a biblical responsibility to be convinced in our own minds about the convictions we hold that are not clearly defined in Scripture as black-and-white. Above all, he says, we are to do everything for the glory of the Lord. In this passage, Paul is saying that the how and why we are doing something is more important in some cases than the specific thing we are doing. Dr. Lloyd-Jones also addresses issues that are not essential to core faith and doctrine and how we can draw right convictions on these topics that Scripture is sometimes not clear on. He reminds us that God’s glory is to govern our living and our dying. If you have been in church for any period of time, you have heard believers discuss the beauty of dying since they are going to be with the Lord. While this is true, Dr. Lloyd-Jones exhorts the listener to focus on this life now and what the Lord has for us to do while we are alive. He reminds us that we are to be ready to go at any time, but that focusing too much on dying and our life after this one will distract us from the reasons that God still has us on earth.
About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.