For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
Who comes first in your life? If you are a Christian reading this post in the safety and comfort of your home, ten to one, your prompt response is, "Jesus, of course!" Now, keeping that in mind, what might your answer be if you were asked the same question in the following situations?
- Church potluck
- Your child's football game
- Hosting a dinner for new neighbors
- Being invited to a dinner as a new neighbor
- Business luncheon
- Job interview
- Speaking engagement
- Mission trip
- Attending or teaching school
- Political rally
- Environment hostile to Christians
Today's scripture finds Paul in prison for his belief in Christ Jesus. He is writing to the church at Philippi to encourage and bolster them in the faith as, they, too, are suffering from opposition and persecution. His life is no longer his own - it is Christ's, fully and completely; to live is meaningless without the Lord, and death, the time when he will see Him face to face, is gain, the immeasurable reward of eternal life. He will not be moved; he will not be shaken. His response to the question posed above will ever be, "Jesus, of course!"
Is it still yours?
Psalms 45 or 47, 48
1 Kings 16:23-34
Mark 16:1-8 (9-20)