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Thoughtless Living

January 20

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

"... will necessitate replacing 'gain' with loss."





By definition, living is the most personal thing known to us.  Life, on the other hand, can be the most cold and impersonal experience we know.  While living and life are essentially inseparable; the latter is standard, but the former is optional.  JESUS addressed this very thing during an encounter with HIS followers: "I am the way, the truth, and the life ..."  This would seem like such an obvious principle; but it never really dawns upon most folks that there can be no living without life.  Those who deny this of course, only give evidence that the opposite is both possible and real.  Unless there come that severing of sin's umbilical cord, and the spiritual swat of repentance forcing the breath of HIS life into our sin-sick lungs, we are doomed to a life of death.  "He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for MY sake shall find it."  News of this gospel prescription has circled the globe; yet today the overwhelming masses lie strapped to the Devil's life support, never to live, but to exist just long enough to die eternally.  "...Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?"  Countless are the eternal souls who spend their entire existence clamoring over their temporal life here to the eternal detriment of living with HIM now, and one day then.  In spite of the blessed fact that GOD cares for us personally and commands us to refrain from the same, multitudes still seek like Gentiles; all the while regarding the sparrows of HIS provision as extinct.  Outside of CHRIST, life can be defined in a myriad of ways by the deluded in death.  The wise of heart however, by virtue of new birth, understand the distinction between living and life. 

"I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."  Paul knew that the secret to life, and living it abundantly was bound to his personal relationship with JESUS CHRIST.  Insert what you will in Philippians 1:21 to replace "CHRIST" ... family, career, dreams, friends, pleasure, money, ad-infinitum, ad-nauseum.  However, be mindful in doing so that it drastically alters the equation, and will necessitate replacing "gain" with loss.  What is it that you will gain on the day you die?  Your answer to that question will forever haunt you for good, or bad.

"And that HE died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto HIM which died for them, and rose again."

For Love of Country
George Washington (1732-1799)
(Revolutionary Hero; 1st U. S. President)
"I am sure that never was a people, who had more reason to acknowledge a DIVINE interposition in their affairs, than those of the United States; and I should be pained to believe that they have forgotten that agency, which was so often manifested during our Revolution, or that they failed to consider the omnipotence of that GOD WHO is alone able to protect them."

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