For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain.
For Christians, continuing to live means fruitful labour in the lordship of Christ, but dying means we get to be with Christ. Paul was aware of this dilemma. He wanted to be with Christ but also wanted to help the Philippians grow in Christ.
The Philippians are encouraged to live in a manner worthy of the gospel. They should stand firm against their opponents. Their steadfastness is evidence of their salvation but also of their foes’ destruction.
Believing in Christ and suffering for Him are both privileges from God.
Many Christians live with the values of the world not of the gospel. We get so caught up in the flesh that we lose sight of the spiritual.
This earthly life, with all of its joys and griefs and ups and downs, is just the beginning of our life. We will reign with Christ for ever.
Paul was torn between living for the love of the people he oversaw and love for eternal life with Christ,
We experience fellowship with Christ in this life, but how much more shall we be with Him in the next life. To live is Christ but to die is gain.
Death is not the end of life for the believer. It is a new birth, a transition to something even better.
Always our focus must be on the long-term goal of eternity as well as on the present.
This is the ultimate win- win situation. We live well in this life and get to do it for ever. We have fellowship with Christ now, as a preparation for even better fellowship with Him in eternity.
Father please forgive me for the times I lose sight of who I am in Christ. Help me to live every day as preparation for the life to come. Amen.