“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21)
So what is this verse talking about???
Well Paul was writing about how he had been suffering for the LORD (prison etc)…. He was encouraging the Philippian church that it was NOT all for nothing…. That Christ would be glorified in all that he (Paul) did!
If we live a life that glorifies Christ (DIGG?) – it may not always be an easy road. We may be persecuted, ridiculed,…. But if we are sticking to God’s Will / Standards in our day to day living – that will definitely Glorify God!!!
So how is “to die is gain”???
- We are all sinners: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23
- The result is that you are separated from God: “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our LORD” Romans 6:23
- But God offers a way: “For God so LOVED the world (you) that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him, will not perish, but have everlasting life” John 3:16
- Jesus did NOT stay dead: “He is not here; for He is risen, as He said.” Matthew 28:6
- We just need to BELIEVE: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved” Acts 16:31
If you believe all of this and have trusted Christ to be your Savior – then you know that you will spend eternity with HIM. So when we die – we go to heaven!!!
BUT – we have work to do here on earth…. We need to spread the gospel – the GOOD news that Jesus died and rose again!!!