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