“I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted 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 (NIV)
Do you see living for Christ as gain even if it means death? Even the mention of the name of Jesus should mean victory for us. No matter what our current physical state is. Living for Christ in a way that we exalt Him with every part of our being. Lord forgives us for lowering your standard. Paul, you said, “for me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
We don’t live like that, and I’m guilty of it too. We love too many things to see dying for Christ alone as gain, whether we see that as conceptual or actual. We want to see that one thing or do those things that we have dreamed about before we die. It would be hard for us to say I have all I need in Christ and I’m okay with dying right now. I don’t need to tell my family I love them or hug my dog one more time. Lord, I am ready to go if it’s my time. I would rather live for you even if that means physical death.
Tough stuff when you think about it. So, God, I pray today like Paul. Lord would you give us all sufficient courage to exalt you no matter what that looks like for us. We may get made fun of or be tempted to give into our flesh by choosing our desires. God give us the courage to choose the spiritual even though our flesh is weak. God your plans are more significant than my dreams, and today I need sufficient courage to choose you.