What Are You Living For?
Tuesday, November 29th, 2016
“For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Phil 1:21
What are we living for? Our answer to this pertinent question will determine the direction of our lives. If our purpose is wrong, our direction will be wrong. If our purpose is vague or fuzzy, our direction will be muddled. If we don’t know our purpose, we will just be swept along by the currents of our age, doing what seems to bring us happiness. It is crucial that we are clear and correct in answering this question, ‘what are we living for?’
The correct answer must include some thought about the fact of death and what lies beyond. It must also include consideration of the uncertainty of life so that whenever death comes, it doesn’t thwart our purpose.
According to the verse above, the Apostle Paul was clear and focused on his purpose. I believe that the purpose for which he lived is the only purpose that takes eternity into account, so that whether we live long or short lives, that purpose will be fulfilled.
In short, Paul’s purpose is “for to me, to live is Christ.” This statement is not only the Apostle Paul’s personal experience but it is also the standard of judgment which confronts our Christian faith. It is the litmus test of true Christianity.
Every person who profess to believe in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that comprises Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection must grapple with this question, ‘can I honestly say, for to me, to live is Christ.’
To bring this purpose into focus, we need to answer what does it mean to ‘live Christ’.
- To ‘Live Christ’ Means To Live In Union With Christ So That Jesus Becomes My All In All
The concept of being ‘in Christ’ was vital to Paul’s understanding of what it means to be a true Christian. When a person believes byfaith, Jesus took his life time of sins when John baptized Him at the River Jordan and subsequently died for him on the cross. Now, he can also rise up in union with Christ to live the newness of life.
- To ‘Live Christ’ Means One Must Grow In Fellowship, Commune With Him And Depend On Him For Everything
It means growing to know Christ intimately. It also speaks of our love towards Christ from our heart, soul, mind and strength. It means submitting all our thoughts, emotion, word and deeds to the Lordship of Christ so that we may seek to please Him in all things. Phil 3:10;
Mk 12:30; Col 1:10
- To ‘Live Christ’ Means To Allow Every Aspect Of Our Life To Be Centered Around Christ.
Every aspect of our life must glorify God in all that we do. We must endeavor to exalt Christ and not ourselves. We must die to selfish desires in order to live to serve others for Jesus’ sake. Our ambition is to please Christ. We must be obedient to the faith in the righteousness of God, intensify our prayer life, devote to God’s Word and most importantly allow the indwelling Holy Spirit to live through us. 1 Cor 9:23; Col 4:3-4; 2 Thess 3:1-2
Of course our experience to ‘live Christ’ is a process that is never fully realized in this life. As Paul says, “Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.” Phil 3:12.
In this life, even the most godly Christian feels dull and sluggish in his soul at times. More so, we can never reach a point where we are not tempted by sin, where we do not have to battle the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life. 1 John 2:16
However, we must steadfastly ensure our reason for living is not deviated from the original purpose, “for to me, to live is Christ.”
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