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June 12, 2017



Philippians 1:21


For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.




For Paul, regardless of the decision about whether he would continue to live or die, or the opinions of other people, saved or lost, his whole life revolved around Jesus Christ. Paul placed “to me” first in this sentence for emphasis. Jesus’ work on the cross had become the reason for all that Paul did. Appreciation for Christ motivated him. His present enablement through the Spirit was the source of his strength.


The prospect of seeing Jesus Christ, and standing before Him one day, drew Paul, and constituted the goal for all he did. Many people today, if they were honest, would have to say that for them to live is money, fame, happiness, family, or any of a multitude of idols. However, Jesus Christ was the “Sun” around which Paul’s life orbited. “Paul’s only reason for existence is that he may spend his life in that glad service; and death for that cause will be the crowning service. What about you?


Memory Verse: John 12:24


“It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.”

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