I had discovered life and I remember my passion when I was a new Christian 40 years ago!
I was constantly reading the New Testament, trying to absorb as much as possible of this exciting resource that was so new and challenging to me, and I came across these words by the Apostle Paul:
“For to me , to live is Christ and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1.21)
And I remember thinking “Man, I hope I can say that one day!” But I’m not sure that at the time I understood just what Paul was saying.
He was chained to a Roman praetorian guard, unable to travel freely yet free to meet with visitors. Even in that condition of house arrest, Paul was creating a stir in Rome through his devotion to Christ and the Gospel.
In another of his letters to the young churches, he referred to Christ in this way, “Christ, who is our life” (Colossians 3.4)
We often refer to Him as our Savior. And He is that. He pulled us out of a dead-end godless existence. Some of us also see Him as our Lord. And He is. His death on the cross was an extravagant price paid to redeem us from slavery to sin and death. (1 Peter 1.18, 19) In that way He owns us.
But Paul thought of Christ as his very life. Now 40 years later I think I am beginning to understand what he meant.
HE IS LIFE. And because He is life, He is MY life and YOURS if you have received Him by faith. So we all can say, we all must begin to say with Paul, “for me to live is Christ.” That’s a faith-based statement. Faith pleases God and transforms us. Try it.
I hope you will continue to consider with me what Christ Our Life means for us. There’s more to come!
Blessings – Blake