MICRO DEVOTIONALS FOR BUSY PEOPLE – reading through the Bible at savouring pace. Philippians 1:19-26 NIV Philippians 1:19-26 NLT
A short summary from writings and sermon by Moises Silva and John Martin.
FOR ME TO LIVE IS…………
- This hobby, that dream, travel, my friendships, kids, my sport, my work, books, spouse, career.
- All good gifts, but…..to totally live for?
HOW, IN OUR MODERN LIVES, CAN CHRIST BE OUR LIFE, AND HOW CAN DEATH BE OUR GAIN?
For Paul to live is Christ, and to die, gain.
IS FOR US, TO REALLY LIVE, CHRIST?
- “Without fellowship with Him. I feel empty.”
- “He is my life, He is everything to me. Christ is the sum and substance of my life.”
- In the context of our lives…..if Jesus Christ is not our life, we’ll be inevitably swept along by the culture of the time – or just start to drift.
- Living for myself and Christ-less pursuits, even the good things. will be frustrated by our inevitable death: a 100% loss with terrifying results.
- Paul lived for Christ – which took eternity into account.
To die in Christ will be the greatest gain that we could ever possibly imagine!
- Frustrating labour, afflictions, betrayals, criticisms, needs, temptations – no more sin, tears, pain, and no more death!
- Free forever. Perfect soul, perfect body, no more Satan, no more old nature; all evil walled out, all good walled in.
Think of the beautiful things, the great gain of death for God’s children for whom to live is Christ.
- Even in the very act of dying, we can experience and be a testimony of Christ’s all-sufficient grace.
- Dying brings us right into the presence of Christ, forever!
THE GAIN OF DEATH FOR THOSE FOR WHOM TO LIVE IS CHRIST.
- We are going to see Him face to face without fear!
- Everything will make sense.
- Everyone will be lovable, flawless, blameless, our personalities and characters will perfectly redeemed.
- Total agreement, security and freedom – not only heavenly, but the reality of heaven.
If Christ is not our life, not our love and our longing, then our death is not going to be gain, but eternal destruction and disaster.
- Without Christ, our death will mean, we are forever shut out of God’s favour and all that is good.
- We’ll be forever in that place where all evil is walled in and all good is walled out.
Paul is torn between being with Christ and living for His glory and to help others grow and experience the joy of their faith.
SHALL WE PONDER AND GET PRACTICAL?
In the context of Philippians 1, and in our own contexts. how do we help our families, our friends, anybody in our sphere, to grow and experience the joy of their faith in Jesus?