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A Christ Centered Life

Updated on March 23, 2014
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A Beautiful Song

Living For Christ and Dying to Gain

What do you center your life on? What, or who do you live for? Some live for riches. They spend their lives accumulating wealth, only to find that, in the end they die and leave it to those who may squander it. You can't take it with you beyond this life, and it cannot buy true happiness even while we live. Also, money is a good servant, but a terrible master.

Some live for fame, only to find that it is a fleeting thing. Those who were famous 50 years ago are barely remembered now, and only by a few.

Power is not different. World leaders and dictators have come and gone throughout the centuries with little to show for their having been here. And yet there continues to be those who would give everything for the chance to rule.

Still others live for family. And yet, as noble as that may seem, we can't help wondering if there is anything greater that makes life meaningful.

Many search for the perfect "cause" to devote their time to in order to make them feel that their lives are worthwhile. However, this can never substitute for the true meaning that comes from a right relationship with God

I. Christ Our Life

It was the Apostle Paul who said: "For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." (Philippians 1:21). What a perspective on life to have. Jesus, for the believer, is not just to be the center of our lives. He is to be our life. Everything that we think, do or say is to go through the lens of whether or not it will bring glory or shame to the name that is above every name in this universe, or any other.

This goes against our natural sinful tendency to put self first. We want to be on the throne. However, this kind of selfish life will never lead to ultimate fulfillment or lasting happiness. We were designed for God's pleasure and, it is only through seeking His Kingdom and His righteousness that we find that life really makes sense.

II. Loss Without Christ

Recently, someone I knew died. She was a wonderful person who had everything this life could offer. She was a businesswoman, who was young, rich and very popular. This lady had many friends, a loving husband and four beautiful children. And yet, seemingly in the prime of her life, she was struck down by a rare virus and died before she reached the age of 40.

The good thing about this story is that this young woman knew that life is more than just riches and fame. She knew Christ as her personal Savior. And because of this, she could say, with the Apostle Paul, "to die is gain." Live for money and to die is loss. Live for fame and to die is loss. Live for anything other than the Lord Jesus Christ and death will strip you bare. You take none of that to the grave with you. You lose it all, and more. You ultimately lose your own soul in Hell (Matthew 16:26).

With Christ, we become heirs and joint heirs of the Son of God (Romans 8:17). We will spend eternity enjoying the wonderful victory that Jesus accomplished when he rose from the tomb, triumphant over sin, death and the grave. And nothing will ever separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39).

III. True Life Beyond Life


For the Christian, when a loved one dies in Christ, we feel sad because we don't have the joy of having the fellowship with them anymore as long as we live on this earth. However, we must never sorrow as those who have no hope (I Thessalonians 4:13). Indeed we will see our Christian loved one again. And we don't need to feel sorry for them because they are now experiencing the joys of Heaven that we on this earth have only dreamed about. They are absent from the body and present with the Lord.(II Corinthians 5:8). And they are more alive now than they ever could have been in this present life. It is true life that will never again come to an end. Rather than a thing to be feared, death is now a passageway to all the promises of heaven.


Conclusion

Someone has paraphrased Philippians 1:21 by saying: "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is more Christ." Living for Jesus is indeed the greatest adventure one could have on this earth. It is a life of fullness and blessing, and is the only wise use of the limited resources and time that we have been given on this planet. Let us not waste our time on anything less. In the truest sense, nothing compares to a life spent in service to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. And truly the benefits are out of this world. Let us never settle for less than the best that our Lord has to offer. We will never regret it, in this life, or the one to come.



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      Cassara 

      3 years ago

      You keep it up now, untrdsdane? Really good to know.

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      Jeff Shirley 

      4 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan

      Thanks mylindaelliot, MsDora and sheilamyers for stopping by and for your gracious comments.

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      mylindaelliott 

      4 years ago from Louisiana

      I agree completely, good hub.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      I like the Philippians paraphrase. Whether we live or die, our relationship with Christ matters more than anything else. Thank you for this message.

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      sheilamyers 

      4 years ago

      I think this is a very important message for all Christians. While we should never feel like giving up our beliefs and moral values simply because the people around us have more than we do or because we feel we're missing out on something better by living for Christ, it can happen to even the most mature Christian. This hub is a great reminder why we should never feel that way. We may not have a lot now, but the rewards will be much greater in the future.

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      Jeff Shirley 

      4 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan

      Thanks to you Faith Reaper for stopping by. Also to you Bill. I am thankful that we met here on Hub Pages. May the Lord richly bless your ministry.

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      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you for sharing His truths here. Yes, let us not waste our lives, but continue to look up and praise Him and love others to His glory. Up and more, tweeting and pinning. God bless you, Faith Reaper

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      William Kovacic 

      4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Good points, Brother - points we all need to consider. I appreciate you being true to the Word of God. thanks for a;l; you do for the Lord.

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