April 26th, 2012
I was reading Philippians 1:20-26 this morning. This is where Paul is in prison for preaching the Good News about Jesus Christ. This is what the passage says…
“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. 22 If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labour for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! 23 I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; 24 but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that through my being with you again your boasting in Christ Jesus will abound on account of me. ”
Paul realised that this life is not all there is. He lived with an eternal mindset and with eternal values. He was in prison and could easily become depressed and inward thinking, yet he was still thinking about proclaiming about Christ and people growing in their faith in Him.
Paul really believed to live is all about Christ. Jesus was his whole existence and his whole reason for being. His whole life was entwined in proclaiming the Gospel. And though he longed to “depart to be with Christ” he realised he still had work to do here in serving Jesus.
I love Paul and the words of verse 21 “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain”. The longer I walk with the Lord, the more these verses ring true and become part of my life calling.