Friday, March 31, 2017
Key Bible Verse: If we live, it’s to honour the Lord. And if we die, it’s to honour the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. (Romans 14:8)
Dig Deeper: Philippians 1:20-26
What about all the Christ followers who faced stressful situations and were martyred for their faith or died of cancer, believing God would see them through? Listen to what [Paul] writes to the Philippians: “I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but willhave sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Phil. 1:20-21, NIV).
Paul is in jail when he writes these words, not knowing what will become of him. Think about it. At any given moment, a government official could barge into his cell and drag him to his death. Talk about being tempted to worry. He has no control over his circumstances, but what he does know is this: Either way, Christ will be exalted. Paul knew this life is not all there is. There’s a tranquility in Paul’s words, a confident peace, because he is convinced God has him, even if he were to die.
Tense situations, especially life-threatening ones, scorch the soul’s dross and unveil what we really believe about eternity. When I am consumed by worry, I’m saying this world is all there really is.
—Bryan Loritts in Saving the Saved
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