“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 the same.
- Are you fulfilling your role in this life, which is to honor, worship, live for and share Jesus Christ?
- Do you fear death or are you assured of your position in Christ?