(July 30) When Life is Good and Death is Gain

"For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." Philippians 1:21

This is a powerful statement. Paul is stating both sides of the Christian life. In this one sentence, he puts forth two statements: 1) living is all about Christ and 2) dying is gain. Both parts of this sentence must be true for either to be true.

How can dying be gain?

Dying can only be gain if you truly are living for Christ. If a man does not live for Christ, his death most assuredly will not be to his gain. Far from it. He would experience the loss of all that is good and joyful.