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Christ makes living worthwhile

 

Christ makes living worthwhile

Look carefully at the words in Philippians 1:21; “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Many people ask the question, “Is life worth living?” They will receive different answers to this very serious question.  However, the truth lies in the fact that Christ makes life worth living, and without Christ, life is vain.  The man who obeys Christ knows that life is worthwhile by the following:

• A conscience you can live with.  The apostle Peter said that in obeying the command of the Lord, one has a clean conscience (1 Peter 3:21). The Lord will create in us a new and clean spirit (Psalm 51: 10).  After becoming a child of God, one continues to live for the Lord, and thus be able to live with himself. His conscience is clean!

• A cause you can live for. The man of God has a great cause to live for; he lives for the cause of Christ. In his everyday life he strives to bring others to the Lamb of God.  He takes advantage of every opportunity to build up the faith of others. “Give diligence to make your calling and election sure . . . for so an entrance shall be ministered unto you into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:10-11.  The Christian has a cause to live for!

• A company you can live with.  When one lives with the Lord, he lives with the best people on earth.  He assembles with others of like precious faith to worship God.  He works with others for the same cause.  He is able to enjoy their fellowship on earth; recalling David’s words in Psalm 55:14 “We took sweet counsel together, and walked into the house of God in company.”  When you associate with the people of God, you know that life is worthwhile!

• A goal at the end of life.  The man in Christ has a goal when this life is over, the crown of life that Paul wrote of in 2 Timothy 4:6-8.  We know that we will die, yet we know that we can live with the Lord when this life is over in “a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” 2 Cor. 5:1.  Life with Christ indeed is worthwhile!

- Robert Jackson