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Philippians 1:21 “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain”

Sep 30 2019

Philippians 1:21

 “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain”

 

Oswald Chambers once said, “God never make us into wine if we object to the fingers he uses to crush us with. God does not only use his fingers, he uses someone whom we dislike, or some set of circumstances of which we have said we would never submit. If we are going to be made into wine to drink, we will have to be crushed.” Someone has well said; “When we appear before the Lord he doesn't look us over for medals, but for scars.” I got to you that such truth at times in our lives is hard to accept isn’t it? In Paul’s letter to the Philippians in chapter One verses 21 he makes an amazing declaration when he declares, “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Through this verse Paul tells his readers that: Our passing ensures our profit: There is no greater verse that capsulizes the Christian hope then these words in verse 21 “To live is Christ, and to die is gain.” As Christian’s we do not long for heaven to avoid life, no we long for heaven because we have finished our race! If you are a runner you won’t win many races if your only motivation is the finish line, you must love running as well as the finish line! Saints’, what constitutes real living for you? What circumstances have to happen before you say, “Now that’s living!” Here is a test you can take to determine what real living is to you. Put what you think constitutes real living in this phrase: “For me, to live is _________”! Can you fill in the blank with?

“For to me to live is money and to die is to leave it all behind.”

“For to me to live is popularity and to die is to be forgotten.”

“For to me to live is power and to die is to lose it all.”

The truth about our Christian faith is that heaven begins here on earth! Saints, when our goal is Jesus and not ourselves then success will always happen ill regardless of chains, critics and crisis! Paul had resolved the single issue that precludes us from having JOY in spite of circumstances, whose life was he living for? Dear ones nothing can steal your joy if you possess the single mind that is verse 21 “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”

      

This has been Pastor Dale, Blessings!