Worthy of Death

Anything worth living for must also be worth dying for… May we learn to live faithfully and vehemently for Christ, so that when the time comes, we may die gracefully and confidently for Him.[1]

What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again. Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel…” Philippians 1:18-27

May our hearts beat for Christ alone so that we long to see Him exalted among every tribe and tongue and nation. May we long for every soul to be in His saving presence for eternity. Let us live in such a way that the nations of the earth find us to be the aroma of Christ–the aroma of death to the perishing and the aroma of life to the redeemed. Lord Jesus, come, have Your way among us through the power of Your Spirit!! We love You and praise God the Father for You!!

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[1] “There is nothing worth living for, unless it is worth dying for.” – Elizabeth Elliott

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