Calvary Chapel Pastor's Blog
Philippians 1:21–24 (ESV): "21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. 24 But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account."
Believers long for heaven and yet we have a call to be here on earth to encourage those around us with the Gospel. Heaven is coming soon enough Christian, until then keep your hand to the plow and reap the harvest for Jesus!
The mindset of the believer relating to life and death should be as Paul said, "to live is Christ, to die is gain." "To live is Christ" means to live for the sake of Christ. God desires for us to be fruitful in this life but we can't be if we are not faithful with the Gospel. "To die is gain" because it is the start of our eternal life in heaven with the Lord. This is what every believer is longing for, to be at home with the Lord. Paul was hard pressed between longing to just go home to be with Jesus and staying and blessing those around Him with Gospel truth. He knew in the end though that God's plan was for him to remain and be fruitful.
What is your mindset relating to life and death? Are you living for the Lord no matter what? Today is the day to say, "Lord, make me fruitful until you call me home." Don't just sit around waiting, get to work. There is a harvest to reap while we are still here. So put your hand to the plow and love for Christ. Whether we live another day or not isn't our focus. We leave that to the Lord. He will see us through the grave thus we have no fear relating to death. Until then, may we walk out our days here sowing the hope of the Gospel, and may we be found faithful when He calls us home. Amen?
Father, we praise You for giving us the hope of eternity through Your Son. May we be found faithful to live in it and tell everyone we know about it until You call us home. May it all be to and for Your glory, we pray in Jesus' name, amen.
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