TODAY'S WORD FOR Tuesday, July 21, 2020:
The act of committing, pledging, or engaging oneself. A pledge or promise.
For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
In the verse, above, the apostle Paul first declared, “To me to live is Christ.” With this statement Paul made known his sole priority in life. Paul exemplified this priority through the following five points.
First, He lived by presenting his body as a living sacrifice to Jesus Christ. Paul did not live for the comforts and rewards of life on this earth. He did not seek power, position, success or riches. He sought only to serve Jesus. In spite of being beaten nearly to the point of death five times, being stoned, being shipwrecked, and often being cold, hungry and thirsty, Paul considered it all “not worth comparing” with the future glory we will have in heaven.
He urged the church at Rome in Romans 12:1 to make this the priority in their lives and he urges all believers to be committed to living for Christ.
Secondly, He reminded us in Romans 6:13 that to live for Christ means to yield every part of our physical body to Christ as a tool for righteousness. Satan uses temptations of the flesh to cause us to use our bodies to commit acts of sin that will separate us from God and keep us from serving Him. We are to yield all that we have to Jesus. Paul instructs us to use the members of our body as an instrument for righteousness.
Thirdly, Paul instructs us that to live for Christ we must control our mind (2 Corinthians 10:5 and Philippians 4:8). What we feed into our mind will come out in our words and actions. To live for Christ, we must focus our thoughts upon Jesus Christ and what is good and pure.
Fourthly, Paul committed his life and all he had to share Christ’s love. He instructs us that to live for Christ we must be imitators of God and live a life of love as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God (Ephesians 5:1).
And finally, Paul gave his life, every moment of it, to reach and minister to as many people as possible during his journey upon earth (John 20:21).
Paul also in this verse we have put above said, “to die is gain.” He knew that the “things” of this earth were temporary and aging, including himself. Therefore, Paul reached out for a Savior, one that could assure him of eternal life that would never age or pass away. He knew that John 3:16 was true and was positive that when he died it was gain. “For God so lived the world that He gave His Only Son, that whosoever believes in Him would not perish but have eternal life.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Isaiah 26:3
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.
Help me to evaluate my purpose in life. Guide me to eliminate as priorities all the “things” of life. Teach me to live my life with the same priorities that the apostle Paul had years ago. May “to me to live for Christ” and “to die is gain” be my basis for living.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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