Philippians 1:21, “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
If you wrote an autobiography what would the title of it be? Some may title their biography based on an activity: ‘Life out on the lake’ or ‘My life with basketball.’ Others may define it by a pivotal event that occupied: ‘The deal of a lifetime’ or ‘Surviving the worst.’ What would your title be?
In Philippians 1 the apostle Paul is updating the Philippians on his circumstances. Specifically, he is in prison. The thought passes his mind that he might die. He also considers what it means to continue living. In both circumstances the central figure is Christ. If Paul dies then he will live with Christ in heaven. If Paul lives then he can continue to help the Philippians grow in their faith.
As Christians we should have similar mindsets. Our lives are now identified as “in Christ.” May we purpose to live life focused on Jesus Christ and living for Him. May we point others to the person and work of Christ by the words we say and the things we do. And if our time on earth is coming to a close and death is on our horizon, then we still gain Christ as we will live with Him face-to-face.
Write your biography, but no matter what title is… may it convey that your life is about Christ.
Tony Myers is a fiction author and speaker. He and his wife, Charity, live in Waterloo, IA with their four children. He has studied Theology, Philosophy, and Biblical languages at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Emmaus Bible College. For more information visit his website at www.tonymyers.net or follow him on Twitter: @tony1myers