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Philippians 1:18b-26, Living is Christ

Key Verse

For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which I prefer.
— Philippians 1:21-22

RCL Daily Devotion for Friday, December 7, 2018

RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

As someone who has experienced a fair share of trials in life (including depression, which certainly casts a shadow on my outlook), these words hit close to home. Paul remarks that living is awesome because we live in Christ. But dying is also awesome because we will live with Christ forever.

Which is better? (Even Paul was reluctant to commit.) Maybe both are equally awesome, equally right, and both are best. Existence will be truly awe-inspiring in ways I cannot even imagine once I am gone. The promise of eternal life in God’s kingdom sometimes looks pretty enticing to one who suffers in this world.

But this life is a gift. One that we ought not take lightly. The band, Building 429 has a song, “Where I Belong,” that suggests that this world is not our home. I disagree (although the song is beautiful and offers a word of hope). This is our home. Today when I wake up, this world is where I live, where I affect change, where I influence others, where I praise God. Here. Now. This world. So, just for today, I will celebrating living in Christ. Dying in Christ will come soon enough.

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