Monday, July 13, 2009

A Sobering Thought from Philippians

Do you have "life verse"? You know, a verse that has had a special place in your heart that you use when you sign your name. Many Christians claim to have a "life verse", and many Christians do not. Regardless of whether or not you claim to have a life verse, you do have one.

"How is that?" you may ask. "What if I don't claim to have a life verse- you can't say that I have one if I don't have one!" It depends on your definition of a life verse. While we may not all have a verse that we use when we sign our name, we do all have a life verse according to another definition. Here is the definition: "Life verse- a verse that describes your life."

The book of Philippians contains two key verses, and one of these verses is your life verse. Philippians 1:21 reads, "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." What an awesome verse. Notice that Paul did not say that Christ was a major influence in his life: he said that Christ is his life. Is this your life verse?

Skip to the next chapter. When you read Philippians 2:21, you see quite a different verse. "For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's." Oh, how I pray that this is not the verse that describes my life. But how often does it describe my life?

So, which is your "life verse"? Which verse describes your life? Are you a Philippians 1:21 Christian or a Philippians 2:21 Christian?

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