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Living Effectively for Christ 21- Weekly Thoughts

Living Effectively for Christ
Day 21- Weekly Thoughts
Ruth P McDonald

“For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21, ESV)
“For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better.” (Philippians 1:21, NLT)

For three weeks, we’ve been discussing the importance of living effectively for Christ. We’ve looked at various ways our testimony can be stronger if we are disciplined in our Christian walk. We often feel that living is the goal, right? We take care of our health as best we can to ensure we will live longer, hopefully. We do all that’s necessary to keep our hearts pumping blood, because self-preservation is naturally built into us. But Paul understood that life was best lived when it was lived to honor and glorify Christ—yet far better was death. What in the world could he mean by that?

Well, for the believer, death is sweet. It means our spiritual enemies—the world, the flesh and Satan—are forever banished from us. We are free to worship God fully without any distraction with self. It means sickness and death are no more. It means we are at perfect peace in the presence of Christ, forever to remain with Him and reign with Him. None of the challenges of the world will ever trouble us again. In fact, we won’t even remember the sorrows we faced here.

As believers, this is our hope and joy. It’s the goal, really; our life here is just the window of opportunity we have to store up eternal reward. Living here teaches us to be more like Christ. And living here is our only opportunity to share His good message of the gospel with others, so that they might also die in Christ.

We hope you’ve been challenged by this study, and that you seek to make it your goal to live effectively for Christ. We are so incredibly privileged to reflect the Light within us—a Light the world is hungry for. Our prayer is that our lives might truly be a living sacrifice. And when our eyes close in death, we will finally live abundantly, forever with the King of all kings, and Lord of all lords. What a day that will be!

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