Timeless truths from Philippians 1:21-24.
Fill in the blank: “For me to live is ________.” What does life mean to you? What do you live for? If people summarized your life in one word, what would that word be?
The Apostle said, “For me to live is CHRIST.” If Christ is our all consuming reason for life, others will know! If you live for money, then you will be disappointed. Money cannot buy happiness. It can buy you physical comfort but not internal peace. If you live for fame, it is fleeting. Few today even know about the “famous” of their grandparents day.
The last part of the sentence is contingent upon the first. How would you fill in this blank, “to die is ____.” However you filled in the first blank determines the response to the second. If you live for money, then to die is loss. If you live for pleasure, to die is misery. If you live for fame, then to die is disastrous.
Because the Apostle said, “For me to live is Christ” he could say, “and to die is GAIN.” Wow! Isn’t that what you want to say? To die is gain! You can and will gain if you put Christ first in your life.
“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose. But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better; yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake.” Philippians 1:21-24 NASB