I’m always surprised on Sundays. I talk with people in all sorts of places of life. There are some in a battle for their health, for their marriage, for their kids, for their friends, for their job, for their finances, for the life they want. Others feel they are in a good place; however, they want to be guaranteed it will last.
I’ve learned it all boils down to what we define life to be. For me, it’s the phrase written in Philippians 1:21, “To live is Christ.” The thing is . . . the four words call us to attention, putting a spotlight on places we need to recommit, willing to change anything and everything . . . laying our life down for the sake of Christ.
There’s nothing more compelling than the message of Christ, there’s nothing more satisfying than living for Christ, there’s nothing more amazing than the love of Christ. Nothing. In the worst and the best of times, I’ve learned Christ is all.
I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have 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. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! (Philippians 1:20-22, NIV).
The message is clear: Realize life is Christ.
No matter what, when we define life as Christ, we have confidence it’s all based on amazing grace and a love that never dies. Each day is a glimpse of what more God has planned in and through Christ: For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known (I Corinthians 13:12, NIV).
Day 12 of 40-days of intentional gratefulness: Grateful to live in Christ.
Learning to Kickstart each day with gratefulness,
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)