Philippians 1:20-24

“I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! 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.”

  • Fruitful labor for Christ was Paul’s main priority in life, and being physically with Christ was his main goal in death. Paul was ready to live only because he was ready to die. A Christian’s priorities should be to honor Christ with their life, grow to become more like Him daily, spread His love, and tell the good news of salvation that He offers. These priorities should be at the top of every Christian’s list. We must be confident in death and purposeful in life.

I believe that the only thing better than living a life in true relationship with Jesus Christ is when God calls you from this life into eternity when you will have a face-to-face relationship with Jesus Christ! Success, fulfillment, peace, and joy can only be obtained when a person is assured of and focuses on their future in heaven after this life. Our goal should always be to be in the presence of Christ and our task should always be to align others to that same goal. May God always be glorified in our lives. If you are not ready to die, it is impossible to have peace while you are living. When we understand, accept, and focus on the Gospel, we are in a win-win situation!

  • Are you fulfilling your role in this life, which is to honor, worship, live for and share Jesus Christ?
  • What fruitful labor are you involved in?
  • Are you ready to die if God so chooses?
  • Do you fear death or are you assured of your position in Christ?
  • How deep is your faith in God’s promise of eternal life?

Will death be “gain” for you?

Mark 6:36-37

“Send them away to go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said to him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denariiworth of bread and give it to them to eat?” The disciples wanted Jesus to send the people away so they could get something to eat, but Jesus wanted them to feed the people with whatever they had. Jesus used what was available and turned it into what seemed impossible. Often people are more open to what you have to say about what Christ has done in your life, than they are to an invitation to church. Share with them what Christ has done in you and what He can do for them and leave the results up to God. Be a part of Kingdom ministry today.

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Mark 5:33-34

“Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” We must lay everything at the feet of Jesus to have peace and joy.

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Mark 5:18-20

“As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him. And he did not permit him but said to him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone marveled. While your family and friends are often the most difficult to witness to, they are also the ones who know you best. Changes in your life are noticed and will affect those who know you best, but they may not understand the transformation that Jesus has made in your life. Make sure that those you know understand what Jesus has done in your life. Who close to you, who do you see every day that you have not shared the Jesus that you claim with? Who have you told what Jesus has done for you? Who have you told about the mercy He has given you? Who have you told about the mercy He offers to them? Have your friends and family noticed a change

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Mark 4:35-41

“On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith? And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”” Notice the tie of fear to lack of faith. If you have accepted Christ as your Savior there is never a reason to fear. Fear is always a result of a lack of faith. Death, illness, money, other people, the future, the past, and uncertainty, are all things that people

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Mark 4:18-19

“And others are the ones sown among thorns. They are those who hear the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.” There are thorns all around us. Determine now to be fruitful today for God’s glory. May He be the object of our devotion and our continual focus. Are you letting other things in your life choke out the word of God which you have been taught? Is your soil deeper and richer than what is sustaining the thorns?

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Mark 3:34-35

“And looking about at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.”” Being seated in a circle around Jesus means that our focus is entirely on Him. Are you in the circle with Jesus? By your actions, would Jesus consider you to be a part of His family?

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