MID WEEK REFLECTIONS WITH NDJP;'TO LIVE IS FOR CHRIST AND TO DIE IS GAIN!!!!!"





 

  There are two forms of life: earthly life and eternal life, in between the two lies a bridge "death". Life seems so precious in the mind of man that no one likes to think about his day of death; everyone tries not to forget one's birthday or those of one's loved ones, we all celebrate the remembrance of the days of our birth: that is a good thing to do. What is the reason why we are still alive? This is a question each person MUST ask oneself and as well endeavor to provide an answer complementary to the question.


The summary of our existence on earth is not for us to live according to our own will, but in fulfillment of the Will of God: Revelation 4:11 says thus: "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created."; this verse really unveil the reasons for the creation of man and other creatures by God, even Jesus manifested that same reasons when He was on earth: He did the Will of God, to the ambit of giving out Himself to die for the salvation of the entire human race.


So, God expects us to emulate Jesus Christ His begotten Son,that we may live according to His footsteps which He left behind for us when He was on earth. We live for Christ with hope that through Christ we will gain God's blessings, and that we may gain heaven by dying for Christ's sake, that's dying in a good state of grace. Remember what is written in John 14:6  "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and THE LIFE: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." If Jesus is THE LIFE, and we humans enjoy life, then we live for Christ, not by merely living in our own manly nature but by living according to God's precepts; we goeth to the Father through His Son Jesus, and we can do so only by doing the will of His Son which is same as that of The Father.

Let's remember what Jesus told the Samarian woman at the Jacob's well: Acts 14:14  "But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." It is the desire of every Christian to enjoy everlasting life, if that's truly the case, then, we need to ask God to give us the everlasting water, this we will only obtain when we live for Christ's sake and never for our own desires. We live for Him Who brought salvation to the world, if Christ had refused to die for the forgiveness of our transgressions and those of our progenitors, salvation would have been the most difficult thing to obtain in life. Martyrs, Saints and all those who did the will of God, all lived for Christ because they acceded willingly to do the work of God. When we do good things in life, we are living for Christ and as well for God The Father because Jesus is one with His Father and we are also one with Christ only if we do the will of His Father. Synoptically, those who live for Christ are those who do what pleases His Father. To live is for Christ because God does sow in every Christian the seed of life (through Jesus Christ ---who is the way, the truth and the life--- and His Scions on earth who preach the word of God), it's left for us to make the seed God does sow in us to grow well, we can only do this by admitting and meditating on the word of God daily, by doing the will of God.

Dogmatically, death is inevitable, but I tell you, we escape death by either not ever been born or by dying. I don't see reasons why people should not think of death, we all MUST die, that's pukka, but we only pray to live to fulfill our missions for which God created each of us. Everyone inherits death by birth, it's a congenital inheritance. Death is not the end of life entirely, it's just the end of EARTHLY LIFE, death is a 'Portal' that leads to the eternal realm (i.e. ETERNAL LIFE, either in Heaven or in hell); Christ died for our sake, it did not end there, He went back to His Father in heaven from where He came from, why?, because He had fulfilled His Father's Mindset of sending Him into the cosmos. We ought to ask ourselves this question: why do people become Saints & Martyrs or Blessed after demise? When you are able to proffer answers to this question, then, you can comprehend the gainful nature of death.

            Therefore, we, Christians are meant to die for the sake of Christ, The unprecedented Son of His Father, in order to save their lives for God: Mark 8:35 says, "For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it." So, why not get prepared before the day of your death, than waiting till the time your mind thinks of. We may not escape from dying, but we can overcome the power of death, just as Jesus did, by doing the Will of God. Saying that "Death is gain..." is an incomplete statement, there must be a condition ensuing the clause. To us the death of Christ is a whopping or thumping gain for the mankind; it brought salvation for those who believe in Jesus and His Father, God. You shouldn't misconstrue my pragmatics, I am not saying that every death is gain, rather I mean that the decease of a child of God is a gain to God; the demise of a righteous soul triggers joyful pandemonium in heaven, simply because the soul did good works (the will of The Father) on earth, hence, the death of such person is a humongous profit. On the other hand, the demise of a transgressor makes the angels in heaven to be saddened, but gives bliss to Satan and his minions.

By now, we might have seen that death is a gain, either to God and His Scions or to Satan and his minions, depending on the state we die in. A person's death may not absolutely have an earthly gain, but the gain is felt in the life to begin after one's demise. The death Christ was a gain not just to the denizens of the cosmos, but mostly to His Father in heaven, owing to the fact that He accomplished his missions on earth, taking the crown of victory at the end. The death of a Saint or a  Martyr is a gain, a big gain to God. The gains accrued to our deaths are determined by each of us, who do you want to take the gain, God or Satan?, it depends on your ways of life, that is, who you really live according to his commands. God will gain from my death if I live up to His expectations, and not against His dictates, otherwise, devil would be the one to possess the gain.

The gain of your death is not dependent on your physical wealth while you're on earth, but on your psychical riches ( i.e. your spiritual riches, which may depend on what you do with your physical wealth). It is written in Mark8:36  "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" Losing your soul simply means giving it to Satan by not doing the will of God while you're on earth, hence giving the gain to Satan and not to God. God created man, but Satan is only there, not just to USE man, but to ABUSE and MISUSE man. No wonder Igbo speaking people do say that "uwa bu ahia" (the world is a market), and everyone has to give to God all the accounts for his/her transactions on earth.

Remember the story of the rich fool, he delighted selfishly in his riches (praising himself), but God did not get any gain from his demise, his wealth on earth notwithstanding. Another relevant story to make us understand that the gain God derives from the death of one ain't dependent on once earthly riches, is the story of the RICH MAN AND LAZARUS [Luke 16:19-31], the rich man notwithstanding his affluence on earth found his soul in hell because he didn't make good influence, he did make better difference with his affluence; but Lazarus, albeit penurious on earth, made it to heaven. Therefore, my brethren in Lord Jesus Christ, the gain of your death should be enjoyed by Heavenly Host, and never by Satan. The gain behind your death depends on your works on earth and not on your wealth on earth. Those who live for Christ are meant to die for Christ, that is the principle behind lives of Saints and Martyrs. He who died in a good state of soul really died for Christ's sake, and the death of such person is a great gain to God. I recapitulate by quoting Paul's statement as written in 2 Corinthians 4:10=>  "Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body." Hence, TO LIVE IS FOR CHRIST AND TO DIE IS GAIN: Jesus lived His own life alone but His death is still an endless gain to all who truly do the dire desires of God; you are the one to live your life but to die is in the hands of God Whom will gain at the point of if you lived according to His AIMS.

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