“I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.”
Have you ever sat on the grass and watched the bugs come by? They are all on a mission, no matter what comes in their path they keep walking – whether they are trying to climb out of a sand pit, upside down, being chased by a cat, or heading off to find some more grub. They never ever give up – they just keep going.
Converting this observation into Christianity, especially our passage in Philippians where Paul makes his desire and knowledge clear that whether by his death or by his life he will bring God honour and worship. We are to live our lives, like the bugs, in a manner of never giving up giving honour and worship to the Lord. For Paul never claims, and nor can we, that we know how long we will live for, but we do know that we are to live for the glory of God while we are still alive.
Paul certainly lived this way – while being held in the Roman prison, awaiting the verdict on the death penalty laid upon him. Knowing full well that there is a good chance that any moment could be his last, he writes to the Philippian church this very cheery statement, “Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, so that through my being with you again your boasting in Christ Jesus will abound on account of me.” (Philippians 1:25-26). Paul was sold out on living for the glory of God no matter what might seem to be coming, for he knew that his life was in the hands of the Almighty God of the Universe.
I would have it no other way. So, the next time you sit on the grass, remember the bugs and Philippians 1:20 – never give up living for God’s glory.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, give me the strength and desire to always live for your glory, whether by my death or by my life, you will be exalted through me. Amen.
- In light of Paul’s affirmation of his death bring glory to God. How can your death give glory to the Lord?
- In light of Paul knowing that he was the apostle to the gentiles and never giving up on this plan over his life. How do you know that you are living God’s plan for your life?
- What can you do in your life this week to ensure that you will never give up living for the Lord?
Robert Oscroft Swan
Young Adult Pastor of Summerstrand United Church
69 ErasmusRoad, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
082 689 7696