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Meditation: Something Worth Living For
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Something worth Living For

Yesterday many across the United States celebrated Independence Day with food, friends and “legal” fireworks. Every year on July 4th red blooded Americans remember that day years ago when the 13 colonies stood behind the Declaration of Independence. Even though this declaration was signed by congress countless lives would be sacrificed over the next 7 years to gain this independence proclaimed on July 4th, 1776. These early American colonials had found something worth living for and were willing to fearlessly offer their lives for this idea of freedom.

The Apostle Paul had found something, above all else, worth living for. Paul had pursued many things in his life but everything changed when he met Jesus on the road to Damascus. While writing the book of Philippians Paul was held in house arrest chained to a praetorian guard, not knowing whether he would live or die. In Philippians 1:21 Paul says, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain”. In other words, Paul says his life and efforts equal Christ while death equals something even better, to be with Christ! If Paul remains on earth he is able to share Christ with those around him, including the guard tethered to his wrist. If Paul dies he is in the presence of Jesus. Paul is torn between these two realities and says in verse 23-24, “I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.”

Do you have something worth living for? We give our energies and resources to many things throughout life but only a few of these things are worth dying for. Paul had discovered that everything in his life was ultimately for Christ and that losing his life for Christ was a gain. If you struggle with finding something worth living for Jesus is calling for you to come to him and to discover what is really worth living for.

Written by Rob Chadwick, adventure seeker, lover of tasty foods, and Pastor of Table Mountain Church.

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