Take a minute and focus again on verse 21, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” There are four words in this verse that really characterize Paul’s life. LIVE, CHRIST, DIE, and GAIN, are words that he lived by. Just think about it, while he is in prison writing this, in the worst of conditions, Paul is saying for me, “to live” is all about Christ, having opportunities to serve Christ, being used by Christ and daily surrendering unto Him. The “gain” is to be with Christ and that is better yet! As we think about Paul’s statement and his passion for Christ, what about our lives today? For Paul, it was all about Christ and not about him. Not about his own plans, but the plans and purpose that Christ had for him. It was about loving Christ with all of his heart, about giving, serving, obeying, surrendering, speaking for Him, pleasing Him and committing every day of his life to Christ. It was about becoming all that Christ wanted him to be! Now, take a moment and look at that verse one more time. For to me, to live is ______. You fill in the blank!
These were four powerful words that characterized a life that made a difference for God. Who and what are you living for? Is it a job, payments, bills, to impress others? As a believer take some time to evaluate your life. Take some time to list the way you are living. Is the way you are living making the statement, “For me, living is Christ”?
LORD JESUS, grand me the grace and strength to live today in the light of eternity. Help me to keep my eyes on you, and the eternal prize --- unending life in your glorious presence.