One of the most ‘power-faith’ statements in the entire bible is Philippians 1:21. Paul writes, “For me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain”. Paul has been badly mistreated and imprisoned, and all he is guilty of is loving people to the point of helping them come to know Jesus and be saved by the blood of the Lamb of God. He writes from prison and says only one thing matters: not his own comforts and safety but rather the spreading of the gospel of Jesus Christ. That is absolutely where we want and need to be in our faith. Let’s share these devos with others. Let’s invite people to visit our website. Let’s share our faith with others and tell them what Jesus has done for us. Let’s put the gospel above our own comforts in this life. Read Philippians 1:12-26 and then listen to To Live Is Christ by Sidewalk Prophets.
Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear. It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. 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. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 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! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. 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.