Life and Death #346

21  “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. 23  For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. 24  Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you.” (Philippians 1:21–24)

The Christian’s perspective of life and death is radically different from those who have no faith. Like the apostle Paul, we see both the advantage of life on earth and the far greater benefit of death. We do not fear death; neither should we fear life. Christian, you have work to do in the kingdom of God (Eph. 2:10). While you have life, commit yourself wholeheartedly to it. Yet, all the while live for heaven, for leaving this vale of shadow and tears for the eternal home of the soul is “far better”. As you have life, be sure you are living with Christ. And, as life on earth is yours, be sure you are living for heaven.

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