TO LIVE IS CHRIST TO DIE IS GAIN
20 I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
1:20-21 To those who don’t believe in God, life on earth is all there is, and so it is natural for them to strive for this world’s values: money, popularity, power, pleasure, and prestige. For Paul, however, to live meant to develop eternal values and to tell others about Christ, who alone could help them see life from an eternal perspective. Paul’s whole purpose in life was to speak out boldly for Christ and to become more like him. Thus, Paul could confidently say that dying would be even better than living, because in death he would be removed from worldly troubles, and he would see Christ face to face (1 John 3:2-3). If you’re not ready to die, then you’re not ready to live. Make certain of your eternal destiny; then you will be free to serve—devoting your life to what counts, without fear of death. Tyndale. Life Application Study Bible NIV.
Are you ready to die? I pray that you are. But while we are here we are to live a life of joy and give testimony of how we got that joy, so others can come to that same joy, which is Jesus Christ. People today that don’t know Christ and even some who do get caught up in the things of today and forget that today is only temporary. That our job is not to have a big house or the finest car or even how much money we can make. You can’t take it with you when you die, and if you are raising children that are dependent on what you will leave when you die, then you are not living for Christ.
ON THE WAY HOME WALK WITH JESUS and know that our job is done for Christ and your reward is the day you go home to Christ.
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