"I eagerly expect and hope that I...will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be
exalted in my body...For to me, to live is
Christ and to die is gain."
A false separation of the secular and sacred has arisen throughout Church history. During the middle ages monasteries and nunneries were built to house those who wished to separate themselves from secular society. They believed their sacred callings to be exalted. Even today many see those in “full-time ministry” to be answering God’s call to a more “sacred” occupation. But the Bible makes no such distinction. All Christians – be they parents or physicians or computer programmers or secretaries or whatever – are in sacred occupations.
We are each called to live for Christ in the sometimes mundane, average settings of our lives. In other words, we are called to put His kingdom and His Gospel at the top of our callings. Living for Christ – a desire implanted in us by the Holy Spirit at the new birth – should inform everything we think, say, and do. We begin to live in Christ, who also lives in us. What purpose! What assurance to know that my only comfort in life and in death is in living for Jesus!
1 Corinthians 10:31; Galatians 2:19-21
TO LIVE FOR CHRIST IS TO DIE TO SELF; "...IN HUMILITY VALUE OTHERS ABOVE YOURSELVES..." (PHILIPPIANS 2:3). THIS IS CHRIST IN YOU!
Bible In A Year
- Ezekiel 39-40
- Psalm 150
- 2 Timothy 3-4