For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. Philippians 1:21
“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”
1 Peter 5:7 NLT
Apostle Paul lived a life worthy of emulation. His stance for Christ and passion for outreach was intense. However, his journey while spreading the Gospel was despairing, and this caused a lot of burdens.
At times when charged with our choice faith, we begin to question our decision and go the extra length of finding alternatives to ease our pain. The story of Paul is inspiring in such a situation. He lived a life worthy of emulation and stood unashamedly for the Gospel.
Living life fully for Christ comes with many challenges. Your case may not be like Paul’s case. However, there is a chance that in the midst of trials, the thoughts of giving up are very much on our minds. Giving up is normal, and is the easy way out. Nonetheless, the work we’ve been called to requires our commitment to the end.
In Philippians 1:20-21, Paul said “For I fully expect and hope that I will never be ashamed, but that I will continue to be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past. And I trust that my life will bring honour to Christ, whether I live or die. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Paul considered his pain not worthy to hinder him from his reward in Christ. This thought made his passion for the things of God adequate to see him through the trials he faced. It is easy to feel overwhelmed by the challenges that come daily. In such times, we tend to forget that we have an Advocate(Holy Spirit) to comfort us promised by Jesus. The purpose of the comforter is to show us love and bring the presence of God with us, wherever we go. The Holy Spirit kept Paul going in trying times.
Staying firm in persecution or when everything around you is failing is a difficult test of faith, but be assured that when in service for God, he is there to guide and help us out when we rely on him. The Bible reassures us that the confidence we have in approaching God lies on us asking anything according to his will because he hears us. 1 John 5:14.
In summary, while running this race, we may be faced with different challenges and may be put in extreme situations. However, we should always have a glimpse of hope as we seek for comfort from God, that way we are encouraged in downtimes. We should be alive in Christ and be dead to the world. Therein, the trials of the world cannot overcome us because of the covenant we have in Christ. Have a blessed week.
David S. Kwewum