LIVING FOR A CAUSE
“For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.”Philippians 1:21-23
What are you living for? Your answer to that question will determine the direction of your life. If your purpose is wrong, your direction will be wrong. If your purpose is vague or fuzzy, your direction will be fuzzy. If you don’t know your purpose, you’ll just be swept along by the currents of our age, doing what seems to bring you happiness. It is crucial that you be clear and correct in answering the question.
Apostle Paul was clear and focused on his purpose. I believe that the purpose for which he lived is the only purpose that takes eternity into account so that whether we live a long life or whether it is cut short, that purpose will be fulfilled. In short, Paul’s purpose is, “For to me, to live is Christ” that sentence is not only a statement of the apostle’s true experience, but also it is a truth every believer must come to terms with. Every person who professes Christ as Savior must grapple with the question, “Can I honestly say, ‘For me, to live is Christ?” If I can say, “Yes,” then I have also answered that fundamental question, “What about death and what lies beyond?” It will be gain for me. Therefore, my life here is sold out to a cause, living for the one who died for me.
The instant a person truly believes in Jesus Christ as Savior, he is joined in a living, real union with Christ the Head as a member of His body, the church. To be “in Christ” means that all that is true of Christ is true of the believer. As Paul writes (Rom. 6:10, 11), “For the death that He died, He died to sin, once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Even so, consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” The believer is in union with Christ.
While that is our true standing before God, we must grow in our experience of the reality of that standing, so that in our daily lives, we live in fellowship with Christ, communing with Him and depending on Him for everything. It means growing to know Christ intimately (Phil. 3:10). It means growing to love Christ with all of my heart, soul, mind, and strength. It means submitting all of my thoughts, emotions, words, and deeds to the lordship of Christ so that I seek to please Him in all respects. It means growing to experience Christ as my “all in all”.Every aspect of life must be centered around the Lord Jesus Christ. The glorious person of Christ, and nothing less, is the Christian life.
Even as we look forward to spending eternity with our Saviour, we must live our lives here spent doing what matters most to Him. There’s no greater cause to live for than that which we have become ambassadors of 2 Cor.5.19 – that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.2Cor.5.20 – Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.
Further Reading: Acts 9:15-16, 2 Timothy 2:1-25
CONFESSION: FATHER, THANK YOU FOR YOUR LIFE WHICH I NOW LIVE BY, I GIVE MY BEST TO YOU, LIVING IN A WAY THAT BRINGS YOU ALL THE GLORY, SPENDING AND BEING SPENT FOR YOUR CAUSE.