I've been chewing on Philippians for a few months now. It began in simple devotions but has blossomed into full-on consumption and preparing to preach it in the fall at Heritage Park. The most famous verse in Philippians is 1.21: "For me to live is Christ and die is gain."
But I wonder if that's how we live. Is that how I live?
I wonder if, instead, I live for gain: gain in comfort, possessions, status, pleasure, knowledge, a sense of being right, etc. And when I die, I get Jesus.
What a deal! Right?
But, as usual, the Bible inverts the whole thing. Completely upside down, backwards, and not-of-this-earth. The gain comes when I die. Right now, it's Jesus. Because He's better than comfort, possessions, status, pleasure, knowledge or a sense of being right (see Philippians 3.8). He has a surpassing value over anything and everything I might gain in this world.
So here's to being upside down and backwards. It's the biblical way to live.
But that's just me thinking thoughts...