Naomi Garratt, Hild Bede
18th February 2015
3 years ago my best friend kept telling me that his favourite bible verse was ‘for me, to live is Christ and to die is gain’ (Philippians 1:21) and I was struck wondering how that is as good news as verses speaking of God’s love for us.
However, I realised it totally sums up my life as a Christian so far and for the future. As a sinner I stand under God’s just judgement but Jesus died taking the punishment I deserve. Therefore, since trusting in Jesus’ saving death and resurrection, this all changed.
So, what do I live for? ‘…to live is Christ..’ Not for futile selfish things – chocolate, cake, tea, relationships, money, success, popularity etc.. but the direction of my life has been switched so I live for Christ, and in doing so I also live for others. It is excellent news that Jesus rose from the dead and so is living in every Christian and through his word, the Bible. Therefore, as I struggle to live for him I know it is not by my efforts but by God’s grace.
I am still incredibly sinful, living for myself and not honouring God, so don’t deserve this incredible grace, and I continue to learn how wonderful it is that ‘God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us’ (Romans 5:8). It doesn’t stop there, I also marvel at the great news that ‘…to die is gain’. With Jesus as my Lord and Saviour there is no fear in death, if I die I will be better off – with the Lord Jesus in glory.
I am a Christian because I need Jesus’ forgiveness and to live under his rule as King. None of this I can do on my own, but I trust in the amazing truth that Jesus has done it all for me so I (and you!) can be in a right relationship with him forever.
Therefore, I live for Christ now and know I’ll be with him eternally.