For me to live is to gain and to die is a loss. Wait, what? That’s not right.

To live is Christ

Philippians 1:21 (NIV)
For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

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I am so guilty of picking the gifts, over the giver.

The blessing consumes me more than the one giving the blessing.

My prayers are too often requests asking God to give me more of certain things and not giving certain things. Yes, we should pray asking for His blessing, but do these types of requests consume our prayers?

The way I live screams “for me to live is to gain and to die is a loss.”

Wait, what? That’s not right.

Eternity is on the other side of death. And my savior Jesus is on the other side of death so there is so much more to gain. The apostle Paul seemed to be pretty confident about it when he wrote the following verse.

2 Corinthians 5:8 (NIV)
We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body
and at home with the Lord.

He valued Jesus more than anything, including life itself.

Do you and I value Him like that?

Could we truly echo Paul’s words that to live is Christ and to die is gain?

As Christians, our hearts should burn with a desire to be content having Jesus, even if He chooses to take it all away.

Our hearts should desire God’s presence no matter the cost.

If while on earth we should as for Him to take away all that hinders us from enjoying His presence fully. Our lives should be characterized as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God. (Romans 12:1)

Jesus is greater—but do I live in a way that others would affirm that in my life?

Jesus is more precious—but do I love Him as if I believe it?

The struggle is real

But people struggle with this.

I actually posted something similar on Reddit a while back and this is a comment I received.

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For some reason living with a desire to give it all away is foreign to many of those who call themselves Christians.

But this is what Christ did and it’s what He calls us to.

Luke 6:40 (NIV) The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.

Let’s not fall into the trap of complacency and comfort. We were made for more than what our culture says is acceptable Christianity.

Today and every day that follows I want to obey Him and pick up my cross, die to myself and follow Him—I hope you will join me.

20 thoughts on “For me to live is to gain and to die is a loss. Wait, what? That’s not right.

  1. Benjamin, thank you for helping me to think and pray!
    Maria

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    1. Your welcome Maria. We all need frequent reminders

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  2. Much needed thoughts. . . Thank you, Benjamin!

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  3. Reblogged this on Pilgrim’s Progress revisited – Christiana on the narrow way and commented:
    Much needed thoughts. . . Thank you, Benjamin!

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    1. Thank you, Maria. Honored for the reblog.

      God bless

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      1. My blessing, Benjamin! Thank you for subscribing to my blog!

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  4. To me “Dying” to the things of the world means being grateful for blessings, recognising Who they come from, but being willing to give them away if He requires it.

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    1. Absolutely Gail. I think of it as open-handed living.

      Thanks for the comment

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  5. Thanks for following my blog; you are very kind. I am following you blog, and I really like it. May Christ, our Lord and Savior, richly bless you.

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    1. Your welcome. Thanks for following my site.

      God bless

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      1. It is my pleasure. Thanks for being such a good blog friend.

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  6. Benjamin, thanks so much for following my blog and I hope you find a blessing there.

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    1. Definitely Wally. Great site with great content.

      God bless.

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  7. Gedday Ben Jah man… I reckon if you read my posts that I will probably be a thorn in your side. Never mind. Love you anyway. 😉

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    1. Haha! Gedday Dennis. As Iron sharpens iron.

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  8. Hi Benjamin,

    Thank you for joining my Blog family.

    I found your April 13th post very informative. Learning to carry the cross is a process, but, like you, I endeavor to pursue until I meet Jesus and experience eternal life.

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    1. Thank you for the kind words, Lisa. I really enjoyed this quote from one of your posts “God’s Promises – I am with you in your brokenness. I am with you when your spirit feels crushed.”

      Definitely, a promise we need to keep in mind as we pick up our cross and follow Christ daily.

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  9. I like your thoughts. This is a Scripture I’ve struggled with–but the Lord is showing me some new things around it . . . like how taking up our cross is also receiving the BLESSING and HEALING HIS cross won for us. Adds some more to think about . . . . And thank you for the blog follow.

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    1. You’re welcome. Thanks for the kind words, Paula. I’ll be adding this”taking up our cross is also receiving the BLESSING and HEALING HIS cross won for us” to my thoughts.

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