Be filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God
Dear Lord, thank you for imputing me with Christ’s righteousness as a free gift of grace. I now offer myself to You. Use me as You will I pray.. so that throughout my life the fruit of Christ’s righteousness will grow and produce fruit in me.. much fruit- and even more fruit, to Your praise and glory, in Jesus name I pray.. AMEN
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Jun 8, 2016
Better By Far
Jennifer Benson Schuldt
I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far. Philippians 1:23
A siren wailed outside a little boy’s house. Unfamiliar with the sound, he asked his mother what it was. She explained that it was meant to alert people of a dangerous storm. She said that if people did not take cover, they might die as a result of the tornado. The boy replied, “Mommy, why is that a bad thing? If we die, don’t we meet Jesus?”
Little children don’t always understand what it means to die. But Paul, who had a lifetime of experience, wrote something similar: “I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far” (Phil. 1:23). The apostle was under house arrest at the time, but his statement wasn’t fueled by despair. He was rejoicing because his suffering was causing the gospel to spread (vv. 12–14).
So why would Paul be torn between a desire for life and death? Because to go on living would mean “fruitful labor.” But if he died he knew he would enjoy a special kind of closeness with Christ. To be absent from our bodies is to be home with the Lord (2 Cor. 5:6–8).
People who believe in the saving power of Jesus’s death and resurrection will be with Him forever. It’s been said, “All’s well that ends in heaven.” Whether we live or die, we win. “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Phil. 1:21).
*Dear Jesus, help me to keep my eyes on You, whether I face difficulty in life or death. Let me find security and peace in You.*
Belief in Jesus’s death and resurrection brings the assurance of life with Him forever.🌻
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
Heavenly Father, keep me I pray from anxious thoughts. Help me to garrison my thought-life on all that is commendable and good and help me to keep the eyes of my heart fixed on Jesus. Help me to make a conscious choice to dwell on those things that are worthy of praise, knowing that the light of Christ and the darkness of all that is evil cannot abide together. This I ask in Jesus name, AMEN