Wednesday, December 18, 2013

To live is Christ

What a great example we have with Paul, the apostle.  A man who ones persecuted the church of Christ, a terrorist in my opinion, renounced it all for Christ.  He lived for Christ, and measured all his accomplishments through Christ.  He exhorted a passion, love and humility for the gospel.  When you read his letters, you can sense the love and compassion he had to labor for Christ.  His focus was not on his condition, suffering or misfortunes, no, not at all, he cared about sharing the love of Christ with others.  

The more I read about him the more I want to do the same.  As we all know it is not easy sharing the gospel with others, especially with our love ones or close relatives, we need to continue expressing or sharing the gospel if not through words, but through our daily lives.  This means we need to adjust our lives to honor our Lord.  

Paul states in the book of Philippians 1:21, “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.  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.”
To live is Christ: For us, to live is Christ, therefore, have awareness that throughout our lives we are projecting and laboring for Christ, and not to please ourselves.  It is a commandment from our Lord that we are to do so.  Mark 16:15-16 Jesus said, before ascending to heaven, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.  Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.”
Do you agree that to live is Christ?  Does your life project this?

To die is gain: We should be comforted that when we depart from this earth our spirits will be present with the Lord until his return when we will be reunited with our glorious bodies. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18  Amen!  

So, knowing all this, we are to continue doing the Lord’s work and pressing on through those difficult times, because we know that at the end of our journey we have Christ on our side.  Either way, alive or dead, we are Victorious through Christ.  

WE ARE ALIVE BECAUSE OF CHRIST.  We will never die….What an awesome statement.  We will live with Christ FOREVER…AND EVER.

Think about your situation, and know that to live is Christ and to die is to be with Christ.  You will never lose with Christ.  Amen!

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