Philippians 1:21 - The Secret of Living.

Philippians 1:21 (NLT) For to me, living 
means living for Christ, and dying is even better. 

Philippians 1:21 (Phillips) For living to me 
means simply Christ, and if I die I should 
merely gain more of him.  

Philippians 1:21 (MSG) Alive, I'm Christ's 
messenger; dead, I'm his bounty. Life versus even more 
life! I can't lose.  


To me, to live is Christ. i.e., our lives 
should find all their meaning in Christ. [Ryrie SB 

Christ was the source and secret of Paul's 
continual joy (even in prison), for Paul's life found 
all its meaning in Christ. [NIV SB] 

To those who don't believe in God, life on 
earth is all there is, and so it is natural for 
them to strive for this world's values - money, 
popularity, power, pleasure, and prestige. For Paul, 
however, to live meant to develop eternal values and 
to tell others about Christ, who alone could 
help them see life from an eternal perspective. 
[Life Application SB] 


Staircase or Stumbling Block?
   C. S. Lewis said, If you read history, 
you will find that the Christians who did the 
most for the present world were precisely those 
who thought most about the next. 
   So what does it really mean to be 
heavenly-minded? Does it mean that were out of touch and 
dont care about other people? I think its the 
very opposite.  
   When you live for Christ, you will think 
of others. As the apostle Paul said, To me, 
to live is Christ (Philippians 1:21 NKJV). 
We might hear a statement like that and think, 
You have your head in the clouds. Youre out 
of touch with reality. 
   But when youre really living for 
Christ, its a practical spirituality. 
Historically, for example, Christians have been the ones 
who led the way in every area of life. Theyve 
opened some of our greatest hospitals and 
universities because of their faith in Jesus Christ. 
   Over the years, Ive met a lot of 
really impressive people, including some very godly 
people. But the godliest people Ive ever met were 
Billy and Ruth Graham. They were impressive 
publicly, of course. But what was so amazing to me is 
that privately, they were so down to earth. They 
were just real people. 
   I think that when youre truly godly, 
you will be an accessible person, not a 
self-righteous person. Some people try to make everything 
so spiritual that they wont even laugh at or 
enjoy anything. I would describe them as Bobby 
Buzzkill and Debbie Downer. 
   Dont be that person. A godly person, 
someone who is living for Christ, is caring and 
loving. They possess a practical spirituality. 
   What kind of representative are you as a 
follower of Jesus? Are you a staircase or a stumbling 
block? Are you a bridge or a barrier to people 
coming to Christ? [Greg Laurie from Harvest 
Ministries; https://www.harvestdaily.com] 


"For to me to live is Christ," he declared. 
This is the most perfect interpretation in a few 
words, in all the Scriptures, of what it means to 
be a Christian. This is the whole truth of the 
gospel. Paul understood what many seem unable to 
comprehend. How intensely in earnest he was! His words 
show that his mind was centered in Christ, that 
his whole life was bound up with his Lord. 
Christ was the author, the support, and the source 
of his life. 7BC903 

Jesus Christ is everything to us, - the 
first, the last, the best in everything. Jesus 
Christ, His Spirit, His character, colors 
everything; it is the warp and woof, the very texture of 
our entire being. The words of Christ are spirit 
and life. We cannot, then, center our thoughts 
upon self; it is no more we that live, but Christ 
that liveth in us, and He is the hope of glory. 
Self is dead, but Christ is a living Saviour. 
Continuing to look unto Jesus, we reflect His image to 
all around us. We cannot stop to consider our 
disappointments, or even to talk of them; for a more pleasant 
picture attracts our sight, - the precious love of 
Jesus. TM389-390 

Christ is mine and I am His. It is 
positively necessary for us to sit down and think how 
Christ our Saviour descended from heaven, from the 
throne of God, clothing His divinity with humanity, 
to show all mankind what human beings may 
become if they will unite their weakness to His 
strength, if they will die to self and live to Christ. 
Thus the strong, unchristlike traits of character 
that they have cherished will be softened, 
subdued, purified. They will unite one with another, 
that they may be one with Christ in God. 


"Life is what we are alive to," wrote 
Maltbie Babcock. Sports fans may be weary, but if 
they hear of an athletic event taking place, they 
come alive and want to attend. Hungry people are 
alive to the mention of food, and avid shoppers 
come alive at the announcement of a sale. So 
Christians are alive to all pertaining to Jesus Christ, 
for Christ is their very life. [Chapter by 
Chapter Bible Commentary by Warren Wiersbe] 

Are you willing to cast down the idols you 
have cherished? Are you willing to let Jesus 
enter the heart to cleanse it from all that 
defiles? Are you at all times and under all 
circumstances, obtaining the mastery over yourself? Can you 
say, "For me to live is Christ," I am His? 
Whatever I have, of time, or strength, or influence, 
all is His? Are you representing Him by your 
forbearance, your patience, your unselfishness? Are you 
learning to be like Him? ST 04-09-02 

"Only one life, 'twill soon be past.
Only what's done for Christ will last.'
"To me to live is Christ" 
[Billy Graham]


Philippians 1:21 - The Secret of Living.


Philippians 1:21 - Really Living Is A 
Relationship With Christ. 



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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