For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better. But if I live, I can do more fruitful work for Christ. So I really don’t know which is better. I’m torn between two desires: I long to go and be with Christ, which would be far better for me. But for your sakes, it is better that I continue to live. Knowing this, I am convinced that I will remain alive so I can continue to help all of you grow and experience the joy of your faith.”
Philippians 1:21-25 NLT
What is the purpose of your life? Do you live to have a nicer home, more "stuff", or a better financial portfolio? If you died right now, what would people remember you for? Yes, God made us from the earth (Genesis 2:7) and to govern the earth (Genesis 1:28: 2:8,15). The problem is this: we have fallen to sin. We are corrupt. The earth is corrupted because of our sin (see Genesis 3:1-19 and Romans 8:18-23). Trying to live for something that is dying is futile. However, living for what is eternal is a future. Paul knew WHO he was living for as well what he was living for. He knew that he was fully alive when he was living for Christ!! He was so alive that not even death could threaten him. He made the declaration that living for Jesus was the ultimate purpose of life and to die was even better!! When we live life with the perspective that Jesus is our Lord, not only in this life, but also in eternity, we can live with absolute confidence and assurance that we are eternally alive. Live to live again!!
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Rev. Curtis Norris