Thursday, July 30th

Philippians 1:20-26 (NIV)

Paul’s Chains Advance the Gospel

20 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. 21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! 23 I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; 24 but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. 25 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, 26 so that through my being with you again your boasting in Christ Jesus will abound on account of me.

Meditation

21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. Do we really believe that? Are we ready for eternal life if it were to happen today? Paul was ready and could not think of anything better than to be with the Lord but he was prepared to live each day he was given her to continue the ministry he was given. May we be ready and as devoted to our calling as he was.

Prayer

Lord, Paul was ready to do what ever you called him to do, but more importantly he was ready to die and live again. Make us ready for our hour, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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