“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21)
HOW CLOSE life and death are! In the above verse there is only a comma between them, and every one of us stands where that comma stands, between life and death. Life is the vestibule of death, and death is close on the heels of life. The throb and beat of the pulse; the swing of the pendulum this way or that!
Christ must be the model of our life. Every man works to a model. Consciously or not, we are always imitating somebody, and every true follower of Christ seeks to approximate to the measuring of the stature of our Lord—”Beholding, we are changed into the same image, from glory to glory.”
Christ must be the aim of life. That His will may be done on earth as in heaven; that others may know and love and serve Him as we do; that He may be the crowned King of men—that must be our purpose and aim. External things have no power over the one who can say: “I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me”; then we can triumph over Death itself, and say: “To die is gain.”
Excerpt from “Our Daily Walk” F.B. Meyer