The Word of Grace Devotion for the Week of September 29, 2014
To live is Christ!
Philippians 1:21- “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” ESV
Beloved, as a young man I had many dreams, ambitions and desires in my life. I wanted to be a professional ball player, drive a big car, have loads of money and live the lifestyle of the rich and famous. I figured that is what brought happiness and contentment. I was looking for it but instead I found so much more. Like the Apostle Paul I found that there is more to life than just the temporal comforts that this world has to offer. I found Jesus Christ or should I say, Christ found me!
Beloved, I find that I still want more, not more of the world, but I want more of Christ. I want to be able to say as Paul said, “For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain.” But what does it mean to say, “To live is Christ and to die is gain?”
To live is Christ means that our focus and our passion are on Jesus Christ, His person, His character and His message. It means that we proclaim the gospel of Christ. It means that we imitate the example of Christ. It means that we pursue the knowledge of Christ. It means that we are willing to give up anything that prevents us from having Christ.
Beloved, I want my focus and my passion to be on Jesus. I know that I am certainly not there yet but I will persevere in my quest to live a life full of Jesus. For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain!
I pray that you will have a blessed week. I love you and I will be praying for you!