THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
The ox is servant to his owner.
He literally stands between the plough and the altar.
To work, or to be sacrificed.
Ready for either.
It all depends upon his owner.
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
The text above is Paul's description of life for the Christian.
He is describing the fact that the end mandates the purpose for which a Christian lives.
Paul's purpose in life was to work for His Lord Jesus.
To please, glorify and tell of His Lord.
This was the purpose for which he lived.
And, if that purpose brought death, then he would actually "gain!"
Everyone knows, in the Christian faith, that to "die is gain," for Christ has promised to come and receive us (John 14:3).
Everyone realizes, in the Christian faith, that death is simply a "door" to an eternal haven where Christ is Lord and life is perfect forever.
This is the end which brings "gain."
But how many realize the end does not happen without the purpose?
Matt 12:30 says, "He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad."
Rom 6:22 says,
“But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness,
and the end everlasting life.”
Christian, can you honestly say that for you to LIVE is Christ?
Does the end of your life mandate the purpose for which you live?