Philippians 1:21 (NLT)
For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better.
Paul’s faith is fearless. Paul’s life was so completely surrendered that he was fully trusting God for everything! Life, death, it was all the same to Paul! No matter what happened to him, he knew he was in the hands of God. He was protected and he was safe for eternity. But isn’t Paul just another one of those people we read about in the Bible? Someone whose life we can admire from afar? God would never expect us to have such faith, would He?
Oh, how easy it is to make excuses… “No one has struggled like I have… No one had the childhood I had… No one understands what I am going through… No one knows the horrific things I have done… God doesn’t care about me… Obviously I’m not going to have this fearless faith.”
Well let’s dig a little deeper into the life of Paul as we learn in the Bible: Paul was a religious terrorist. Paul killed Christians. And it was Paul who kept watch over the jackets of those men who stoned Stephen to death. But our Savior had another plan for Paul. Jesus spoke into Paul’s life one day as Paul was in pursuit of more Christians to kill. One encounter with Jesus, and Paul’s life was forever changed, because NO ONE is beyond the saving grace of our Lord! Paul became a bold and fearless witness for Christ and he was never afraid to tell anyone about his past. And it was because of Paul’s new life in Christ that he was thrown into prison… And yes, Paul wrote these beautiful words from a prison cell, “For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better.” Paul, in a prison cell, was living his life for Christ!
God restored Paul’s life and God will restore yours! Let us come humbly before our Savior, and let us tell him that we are exhausted and sorry for all the excuses we hide behind. Let us pray that God will help us to live the lives he created us to live. And may we become more and more bold and fearless in our faith until we can say, “For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better.” All glory to God!
Dear Heavenly Father, we need you. We know we were created to be in a relationship with you, but we have allowed our past and all our excuses to hold us back, we are sorry. Thank you for teaching us that no one is beyond the reach of your saving grace. With your help alone, we look to you! Please come into our lives and restore us we pray. In Jesus' Name, amen.
By: Hilary Langille