Do you have a favorite verse in the Bible? We know that “all scripture” is God breathed and therefore every verse is equally ordained and equally important. But if you are like me, there are certain verses that stand out more clearly to me, and seem to clarify God’s purpose for my life. Do you have a verse like that? You don’t have to have one, but I would love to share mine with you.
After I trusted Christ as my personal Savior in 1968, I read Philippians 1:21 which reads “For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain. As a new believer I fell in love with that verse. I had it monogrammed on my Bible cover and shared it with others on a regular basis. If I ever got a tattoo (which I am not allowed to have due to my cancer) that is the verse I would use! To me it speaks of this life and the next in one short profound statement.
“For to me to live is Christ” speaks of the NOW of my existence. Some might say to live is: money, pleasure, or power. To say “to live is Christ” says it all! Christ is my life means that He is my joy, my purpose, my priority, my motivation, my ALL! What a great simple purpose statement for life!
“To die is gain” is really what matters most. Jesus challenged “what would it profit a man gained the whole world and yet lost his own soul?” To die is gain because we will be in the visible presence of Jesus for all eternity when the believer leaves this life. Lots of people claim to make gains in this life such as finances and material stuff, but that will not be carried into the next life. Those things are temporal gains while being with Christ is the eternal gain.
Being a children’s pastor , a dad, and a grandpa is such a rich experience and awesome blessing to me. I guess that is why I like short and simple sayings that my audience will hear and understand.
Paul through the inspiration of the Spirit has challenged me with this great short verse that packs the power of this life and the next into one short verse.