For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. Philippians 1:21
What a bold proclamation by Paul, as Christians we often feel abused and rejected from the world. But the truth is we are in a win/win situation. Thanks to our Lord Jesus who gave us grace thru his sacrifice on the cross, we will live forever and we can be empowered thru the Holy Spirit.
As Paul said in 1 Corinthians 1:18 “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing” When you understand who Jesus truly is and what he truly did for us. Then you can live with the peace and confidence of To Live is Christ and To Die is Gain
I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. Philippians 1:23-24
As we read John 14 and Revelations we know Heaven is going to be awesome, however our work here is not done yet. God has sent us here for a purpose and your mission is not completed until God says it is.
Don’t keep avoiding the present and assume for the future. Remember as Jesus taught us in Matthew 20, everyone’s reward will be based on the work you have performed. God has blessed you with gifts and talents, he expects you to use them for his glory.
Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, so that through my being with you again your boasting in Christ Jesus will abound on account of me. Philippians 1:25-26
Paul realizes this, God has giving him a mission and he still had a lot of work to do. Paul boldness and deep insight of Jesus. He received lots of opposition also including persecution, however Paul knew whichever way it was going to go we are victorious thru our Lord Jesus Amen