Living Life for Christ
But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you. (Philippians 1:22-24)
Philippians 1:22-24 described an interesting tug-of-war going on in Paul’s soul. He said that he had a great desire to depart from this life and be only with Christ. He let the Philippians know that that eternal life was far better than any life that he could have here on earth.
However, he notes that it would be better for them if he would stay alive and here on earth. Why? Because there was evident fruit to everything that he put his hands to. Churches were growing, people were getting saved, and everywhere Paul went, he destroyed the works of the enemy.
Philippians 1:22-24 shows the heart of a faithful minister. We are called to serve and benefit the people of God, not to serve our comfort and desires.
Leaders in Christ always look for how they can bless, grow, and benefit those God has placed in their care and path.
You are a leader. No matter what calling you find yourself in or what purpose God has placed on your life, others look to you as an example. Make sure you are not merely living for your own desires and ambitions, but while you are still breathing in this physical body, you should be seeking to serve others.
Practical Application – Who can you serve today? Who needs your support and encouragement? Living for Christ means living the life of a servant. We are all called to minister to others.
Ephesians 4:11; Ephesians 4:12