For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
Philippians 1:21 NKJV
What does that look like?
“to live is Christ,”
Have you seen it?
Do you know what it means?
Can you point to a person in your life and say, “their lives speak clearly that for them to live is Christ”?
Praise God for those people!
Men and women who live daily as followers of Christ.
I want to be one.
Failure seems to riddle my efforts of Christ’s life in me.
Yet, I can see a difference from the person I am today and the one I was twenty years ago.
It’s encouraging to know Jesus, through His Word, and the Holy Spirit is making me more like Him.
It’s not an instant change.
Instead it’s a daily choice.
To live is Christ means suffering.
It means surrender.
It means walking in the every day with the best and greatest Companion, Guide, Comfort, and Hero anyone has ever had.
It means hope.
Confident expectation that there is so much more than this life.
…”to die is gain.”
That gain which no mortal can even truly comprehend.
Ever lasting life.
To live in God’s Holy presence for eternity.
That’s definitely a major gain.
Paul put it very well, indeed.
To live is Christ and to die is gain.