Have we heard someone say, “Now that is really living!” Maybe we have made that statement. Did we make that statement while we were eating our favorite meal or while spending a week in our favorite vacation spot? Maybe while enjoying a family reunion or our favorite hobby such as fishing, camping, boating, or traveling?
Our theme for the month of March is “Jesus is the Life.” Paul wrote in Philippians 1:21, “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (NASB). What exactly does Paul mean “to live is Christ?” The phrase, “to live is Christ,” means to magnify Christ in my life. To magnify Christ in my life means to lift Christ up in my life; to elevate Him, to exalt Him. Do we exalt Christ in our outlook on life? Do we exalt Christ in our outlook concerning death? Do we exalt Christ in our priorities? Does He come first in our day? When we wake up in the morning, does Jesus come first in our thoughts and do we think of how to honor Him throughout the day? Do we honor Christ in the way we treat our mate and our children? Someone has said that if you want to know if someone is a Christian, ask their mate. Will our children remember that we treated them with love and respect? Do we honor Christ in the way we treat our co-workers? Do we honor Christ with the quality of our work? Do we do our best? Laziness and mediocrity dishonor Jesus Christ. When we are at work, do we use the time for our employer? Do we honor the break times and lunch times for the allotted time? Taking more time for breaks and for lunches than has been allotted is really stealing time from the employer.
Do we honor Christ in the way we talk about His Church either collectively or individually? Negative, critical talk dishonors Christ; positive, encouraging talk builds up the church as well as demonstrates a positive testimony about the church. Do we honor Christ with our fleshly bodies? We honor Christ when we discipline our bodies with regard to food, drink, and exercise. We dishonor Christ when we abuse our bodies with food, drink, over work, lack of exercise, or with sinful habits. We honor Christ when we deny our bodies the sinful passions and desires. We honor Christ when we use our bodies to serve His Church and meet the needs of people. Could there be a greater, more meaningful life than to honor Jesus Christ with our lives? Now that is really living! “To live is Christ!”