When Christ Is Life and Death Is Gain

| Mon, Jul 29, 2013 | Set 3 Week 31

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For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.—Philippians 1:21

Some statements peel back the layers of life’s distractions and concentrate on what is ultimate. They ring with the clarity of truth in a way that few other statements do. Philippians 1:21 is such a statement.

“To live is Christ.” Paul says things like this over and over again:

“My life is hidden with Christ! If we live, we live to the Lord! I glory in Christ Jesus! I consider any gain as loss for the sake of Christ! Knowing Christ Jesus my Lord is of surpassing worth to all else! I would lose all things and count them as rubbish in order that I may gain Christ and be found in Him and have His righteousness through faith! The goal and prize of my life is the upward call of God in Christ! I wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ! Therefore, I rejoice in the Lord always!”

“To die is gain.” Again, Paul repeatedly declares why it’s better if he dies:

“I want Christ to be honored in my body in by death! I want to depart and be with Christ because that is far better! If we die, we die to the Lord! I long to share Christ’s sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead! To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen!”

If the steadfast love of Yahweh is truly better than life (Psalm 63:3), then of course death is gain. Paul had such a high vision of God, and I long to have it too. I long to join Paul and say to me Christ is life and death is better. So this week, I plan to mull over Paul’s identity-shaping statements above as I hide Philippians 1:21 in my heart. And I hope you will join me.

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