Philippians 1-4: To Live Is Christ

as it is my eager expectation and hope that I shall not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

Philippians 1:20-21


One of the hardest things in life is realize that the main part of our existence is not in this physical world, but the spiritual. It is a fact that God created each one of us with a soul that was designed to be eternal. His desire for us is to be with Him in Heaven for that eternity. Since this is the case, it makes no sense for mankind to put so much focus on our physical lives, and so little on our eternity.


I think that this, at least in part, is what the Apostle Paul was trying to reveal to us in the passage above. At the time of writing his inspired letter to the church at Philippi, Paul was in prison. He was also aging and knew, therefore, that his life was getting closer to an end. But whether his life was to be taken as a result of the perils that he faced or by the natural fading of his physical strength brought on by age, Paul knew that it did not matter. For him, to live was Christ, and to die truly was gain. For he, just like you and me, is eternal.


This perspective helped Paul through all of life's difficulties, including the one he faced of being in prison and in danger. In this same letter, Paul indicated that if he lived it would mean fruitful labor, but if he died he got to be with Christ, which was far better. Furthermore, which ever God chose for him, Paul was determined to live a life that was worthy of his calling.


Would this type of attitude help you? 


The reading for the next few days is from the letter to the church at Philippi. It is filled with perspectives that will help us all live lives that are more worthy of the calling we have been given.