Most of us reading this have faced a time of near death. I thought about several in my own life this morning, but all these and others made me think, what am I living for, what is life all about for me? What is life? I like what somebody said,
1. Life is great, don’t miss it if you can.
2. Just when you think you see your life clearly, somebody changes the channel.
3. In spite of the cost of living, it’s still popular.
4. I think our number one problem is that nobody wants to take responsibility, but don’t quote me.
5. We have two choices: Ruin the environment with plastic, or use a paper bag and kill a tree.
6. Life isn’t always worth living, but what else can you do with it?
7. You get out of life what you put into it, minus taxes.
8. Life is full of disappointments, nothing ever comes off but buttons.
9. You shouldn’t go through life looking for something soft; you might find it under your hat.
10. I’m not in a hurry to get to heaven. Please tell God He can take His time disposing of my case.
Paul is saying, yes; I can preach to others, but what is it for me. He expresses it very well in verse 21.
Notice the Italics: “For me to live – Christ- and to die – gain.”
Somebody said, “Gain is more of the same.” So to die is more of Christ.
The most important thing in life is the Reality of Christ. In other words, most Christians want the end but not the means: The means is fellowship with Christ.
Paul did not say he was going to make a reservation or that his bags were packed.
Verses 22-24; this reminds me of the preacher who asked his people, “who wants to go to heaven?” They all raised their hand, except a little boy. When the preacher asked him why? He said, “I thought you was gettin a load up tonight!”
Paul was ready! Are You?