Spiritual Strength For Each Day

“For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21).

As I considered these words, the thought struck me anew: Christ must have priority. Theoretically, as children of God we all affirm this, but what counts is whether it really is so in our personal lives. Is it my service, my family, my interests, or really Jesus Christ alone? If He really does have first place in my life, everything else has its rightful place. If we consider this text further, we come to the word “is,” “For me to live IS Christ.”

We have the tendency to put this off till later, and say, “Well, one day my life will be Christ.” This is wrong, however, for right now, at this moment, He, to whom all power is given in heaven and on earth, is our life. If this really is so, no negative or dark things, no unbelief, will have room in our lives. Then we will not be influenced by emotions and impulses, for our innermost being is filled with Christ. We will be able to say in truth, “For me to live is Christ.”

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