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To Live Is Christ

 

May 13

 

Read Philippians 1:21-22 (ESV)

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell.

 

Reflect

How was Paul able to say, “to die is gain”?

 

When someone dies, it is customary to console their loved ones for their loss. We say “I am sorry for your loss” and we genuinely mean it. We value human life and when a life is lost, it hurts. Death is a permanent separation from the people we love in this life. Death stings.

 

Because of this, many people cannot comprehend what Paul said in today’s verses. He says, “to die is gain.” How can the loss of your life be considered a gain or a “profit”? Well, in order to understand, the first part of Paul’s statement has to be true for your life: “To live is Christ.” Dying can only be profitable for you if you are living in Christ and for Christ.

 

In 1 Corinthians 15:55-58 Paul says: “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”

 

Paul is saying that it is God who gives us the victory over sin and death through Jesus Christ. Without Jesus Christ, death still stings! For those who have not trusted Jesus as their Lord and Savior, death is a tragedy. But for those of us who have trusted Christ, we have victory over death because our lives are in Christ.

 

So what now? Now that we’ve conquered death through Jesus Christ, how are we supposed to live? Paul said we are to dedicate our entire lives to Christ. ” Consider how Paul opened this letter to the Philippians: “Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus…” (Philippians 1:1). In today’s verses, Paul says that to live means “fruitful labor for me.” And in 1 Corinthians 15:58, Paul says that because we have victory over death we should be “always abounding in the work of the Lord.”

 

Paul had a magnificent obsession—a singular focus. For Paul, living was about Jesus Christ. That’s it. His whole life was dedicated to the work of the Lord. All that truly mattered was knowing Christ and making Him known. That is what Paul meant when he said “for me to live is Christ.”

 

Friends, dying is gain only if living is Christ. Is Jesus what makes your life worth living? Is Jesus your singular focus? Is doing His work the great work of your life? What is your life if Christ isn’t in it?

 

Pray

Jesus, I want You to be my singular focus. Without You, my life is nothing. Help me to glorify You in everything that I say and do. May my life be about knowing You and making You known. Amen.




~ Pastor Nat Crawford



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8 months ago
I agree with the beautiful prayer below!! AMEN!!!! I love the three-in-one God!!
8 months ago
Thank you Jesus for your finished work on the Cross. Holy Spirit let me never know a day apart from you. In Christ's name, amen.
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8 months ago
So now that I have conquered the fear of death because of my faith in Jesus Christ my Lord, I pray that the Holy Spirit would strengthen me within to live a life dedicated to Jesus Christ. Amen.
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8 months ago
Amen,i can not imagine live without the lord in it, when born we came into a life of sin and when we die as a believer who live hart and soul in christ.
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8 months ago
We should always cry when our children are born or a family member. Yest when the body passes we should rejoice because life truly then begins knowing home is with Jesus.

Each new day the Lord gives us in this beautiful life we should being with Jesus stay living in Jesus seeking to be more like him. Leadings with His Love. Today I said something I despise and it hit hard. I looked up and said Father Forgive me for the two words I just said. I surrender it to You believing in Your Gracious Forgiveness. Thank You Lord for reminding me Your right here beside me teaching me to let go Surrender all to You. Thank You Father for reminding me I am Your child nothing can separate me from You Great is Your Faithfulness in Jesus name Amen.

Remember every new day is a Beautiful day.




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