For the non Christian, it is only natural to strive for the world’s values, money, popularity, power, and prestige.
For the Christian it is different.“To die is gain” what do we gain?
(Apostle Paul speaking to the church at Philippians – several translations shown)
“For me, living means having Christ. To die means I would have more of him” (KJV)
“For what is life? To me, it is Christ. Death then will bring me more” (GNT)
“For me, living is Christ and dying is gain.” (CET)
We gain a better body, a glorified, immortalized, resurrected body. In this present body of clay we are subject to all the sorrows and tears of life. Age, sickness and finally death are the inevitable end of this house made of the dust. But…in death and resurrection we gain a better body, one that can never grow old, know disease, suffer pain and will never die.
We gain a better home. The beauty and embellishments of any house we may possess in this world is nothing compared with our mansion in the beautiful city of God. Look at the promise in John 14:1-3…”Let not your heart be troubled, you believe in God , believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions, if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you. I will come again and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”
*The longing of the Apostle Paul for his home in Heaven is expressed in Phil. 1:23: ”For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart and to be with Christ, which is far better.“
We gain a better inheritance. Our final reward is not here…it is in Heaven.
We gain a better fellowship. All of us live in this world of a dissolving family. Family members and friends all depart, but the circle is unbroken in heaven. There is no death there, no sorrow, no crying or pain, for in heaven these things are all passed away.
IF FOR ME TO LIVE IS MONEY…THEN TO DIE IS LOSS
IF FOR ME TO LIVE IS SELF…THEN TO DIE IS LOSS
IF FOR ME TO LIVE IS AMBITION…THEN TO DIE IS LOSS
IF FOR ME TO LIVE IS SIN…..THEN TO DIE IS LOSS
BUT, IF “FOR ME TO LIVE IS CHRIST”…
THEN TO DIE IS GAIN.