21 … and to die is gain (Philippians 1).
There is a kind of worldliness that no one ever talks about. It’s the kind that doesn’t want to leave this world. It’s the kind that spends billions of dollars each year on health aids to increase our longevity. From food supplements to exercise trainers, we will take any pill and any advice we can as long as we think it will help us extend our stay in this world.
That is no less worldliness than the accumulation of wealth just for wealth’s sake, i.e. materialism (which, by the way, also seems to be less talked about these days). Dying is not the worst thing that can happen to someone — dying without Christ is. For those of us who are in Christ, dying is not the worst thing that can happen to us — dying with little fruit is. To die well, one must first live well, and living well will mean heavenly rewards — not to mention our glorification! Now that’s what I call gain!
Lord, help us This Day to live for You, striving to accumulate more fruit than wealth. Amen.