A human being lives, but he is given life.
New King James Version (NKJV)
To Live Is Christ
19 For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 20 according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. 24 Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you. 25 And being confident of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy of faith, 26 that your rejoicing for me may be more abundant in Jesus Christ by my coming to you again.
There are a lot of things I could talk about today but I am still keeping it to 3 so the post does not get to long, besides that is what others are for, and that makes me smile. Knowing that people are reading the passages and putting their time in to responding to what they read. So in some ways I feel like Paul, but without the chains.
Thought of the Day
Not what I wish to be, nor where I wish to go,
For who am I that I should choose my way?
The Lord shall choose for me, ’tis better far I know,
So let Him bid me go, or stay. –Miles
The book “To the Golden Shore” tells the story of Adoniram Judson, one of the first American missionaries sent overseas (Courtney Anderson [Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1956]). He was a brave ambassador of Jesus Christ who served his Lord in what was then known as Burma. After fourteen years of enduring wretched imprisonments and life-threatening diseases, all he had to show for his pains were the graves of his wife and all his children. He was all alone, yet was faithful to remain there. He wrote that if he had not felt certain that every trial was ordered by God’s infinite love and mercy, he could not have survived his accumulated sufferings. Judson understood his trials were a part of the sovereign plan of God. Although he must have longed to be with Christ and enjoy the fellowship of his beloved family, he also longed to meet the needs of the pagan Burmese people. Therefore he prayed God would allow him to live until he had translated the entire Bible into Burmese and had presided over a native church of at least 100 Christians. Judson had the spirit of the apostle Paul, who longed to be with Christ but also desired to be useful to the church. (Click here for more on the incredible sacrificial life of Adoniram Judson & be challenged by his life even as you are by Paul’s words in Philippians) (from John MacArthur)
Personal Reflection and Discussion