WHY ARE WE LIVING ANYWAY? Older Christians (relative term) sometimes wonder why they are still alive. Younger Christians sometimes wonder why they are alive and what the purpose of life is anyway. It can be easy to get off track and not remember why God has us here on earth. The Apostle Paul puts all this in perspective for us when he states, “For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain,” (Philippians 1:22 NIV). These words were spoken by a man who spent a lot of time in prison and whose difficulties were pretty well known by the church community. The Apostle Paul didn't let his circumstances keep him from living like Jesus expected him to live. In fact his life was focused on living for Christ.
Changing circumstances, whether people considered them good or bad, were for Paul simply new opportunities to live for Christ, represent Christ, and share Christ. What a challenge for us Christians! Do you have this thought each day, "For me to live is Christ,"? It is easy in changing circumstances, especially in difficult circumstances, to forget that. It is easy to get depressed and forget why we live. It can be easy to get off track and not remember that Christ wants to and should live through us. Whether we are older Christians and in difficult circumstances or just a Christian of any age and considering our worth or value on earth we should remember that Christ wants to live through us each day. May God help us to remember each day that “for us to live is Christ.”