“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”
— Philippians 1:21 KJV
What is your philosophy of life? You say you don’t even have one? Oh, yes, you do. Everyone has one. Some have explicitly stated them or written them down. For most people, however, I am afraid they are more subconscious. These people may not even know they have one, but may I say that the less consciously it is declared, the more fully it controls a person’s life—even unbeknownst to them. You have a philosophy of life. What is it?
The world and the kingdom of Christ define success differently. To me, the only success that really matters is that which is of eternal value. Consider the example of Paul. He was not only a great apostle, a missionary, apologist, evangelist, statesman, and preacher, but he was also an unparalleled expert in the art of living. He had discovered the secret of a life worth living. He states it in a very succinct, terse, sententious form: “For to me to live is Christ” (Philippians 1:21 kjv). There it is. Seven, simple, single-syllable words: “For to me to live is Christ.” There is a divine philosophy of life given to us by our Maker. I do not believe anyone could improve upon it, even if volumes were written.
Here is the great discovery of the secret to a successful life. Paul had discovered the art of living: “For to me to live is Christ.” And what does that mean when life is over? He finishes the verse: “…and to die is gain.”
Lord Jesus, who is my life, thank You for this beautiful philosophy of life. Thank You for being my life, my light, and my salvation. Thank You that all I need I have in You…
BY GOD’S STRENGTH,
CHRIST CAN BE OUR LIFE.