“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” Philippians 1:21
The world’s definition of living is rooted in how we engage our physical surroundings. In our quest to live we strive to possess things and people of interest. Yet, all the things we hold on to of worldly value are perishable; people, food, possessions, wealth, fame. In Philippians 1:21 the apostle Paul is referring to true life found in a relationship with Jesus Christ; true life that begins now and lasts for all eternity.
Paul explains his dilemma:
“I’m torn between two desires: I long to go and be with Christ, which would be far better for me. But for your sakes, it is better that I continue to live.” Phil. 1:23-24 NLT
Believer, are you “striving together [with others] as one for the faith of the gospel?” (v27)