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When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; he brought me into a spacious place. The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? -- Psalms 118:5-6
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To Live is Christ

The new Apostle Paul movie has recently released onto DVD, and I am looking forward to seeing it.  That man was no spiritual lightweight.  And our new speaker on Back To The Bible, David Platte, challenged me with a few of Paul's words in a message a couple of months ago.   
“To live is Christ, to die is gain.”

Somehow, it has all stuck with me months later.  Perhaps it is because as I come to grips with what that really means, it is hard…and I realize how my mind has been mapped to think differently.  This is especially true in our lavish culture.  “To live is Christ, to die is gain,” means we no longer live for ourselves, and that the attachments of this world do not hold sway to our attachment to Christ.  Sounds easy saying that…but to live it is counter-cultural and counter-intuitive.  A truly Radical concept if you will!

Do I really believe that being with Christ is better than anything or anyone in this world??  That when we die in Christ….that that is a very very good thing for us? That HE is better than what this life offers? 

“But Lord, my ministry at church needs me!”

“But Lord, work would fall apart without me!”

“But Lord, I haven’t left my legacy yet!”

“But Lord, there is still so much left on my bucket list!”

“But Lord, it was my dream to have a wife and children! You gave me those!”

I gulp at that last one.  I think we all could fill in the blank with those attachments that keep our hearts here and not with Christ.  But in order to “live is Christ,” we must also come to grips with “die is gain.” It’s a process in which we start living for Someone other than ourselves.  We strive for Him, and take every precious breath giving our all for Him, knowing that in the end, it pleases the One we love the most, and that we will be rewarded for our faithfulness to Him in the life to come.  And ultimately HE is our greatest reward.

Of course, that doesn’t mean we sell all our possessions, leave our families, take nothing but our Bibles, and live in a cave for the rest of our life, praying that the Lord take us to Heaven asap.  He still has a job for us in our very own home, our neighborhood, our workplace, our church, our finances, and in our family.  He has placed us right where we are suppose to be as His children, where our gifts are suppose to take place… and that is the very place that He can give life and life abundant.  We can have joy in “to live is Christ,” knowing that the end result coming is even better!  

-Dave Andrews
KJOL Station Manager

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