To live is Christ. To die is gain.
Oh let that be all that we truly live for, Christ. For that is all that we will have when we breathe our last breathe. Whether that breathe is taken at gunpoint, or in our sleep, each of us will breathe it. And when we do, it is not the opinion of others or even ourselves that matters. It will be the righteous judgement of God that matters. He, who looks beyond our outward appearance to the heart, to our very motives. Oh let us live and breathe for the glory of our Father in heaven through the power of the Holy Spirit.
“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. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.” Philippians 1:20-24
How much time do we spend making ourselves look pretty in the eyes of man in comparison to tending to a heart attractive to God?
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23
How much effort do we put into our decaying body in comparison to being about our Father’s business to preach the gospel to every person?
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. Mark 16:15-16
Could it be that we are about the business of a different father?
Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me. Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires… John 8:42-44
O Lord, please help me to be attractive to you, for my motivation, my time, my everything to be in submission to Christ as Lord so the Holy Spirit can glorify Christ through me, a jar made of clay.
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 2 Corinthians 4:7
How much time do we spend shopping for, preparing, and eating food in comparison to how much time we spend eating up the Word of God, the Bread of Life?
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. John 6:35
How much time do we spend consuming drinks for energy, drinks for relaxing, drinks for hydration, drinks for fun, in comparison to the time we spend drinking in the Living Water?
Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14