A few days ago, I quoted Paul from Philippians 1 as essentially saying, “live or die… I’m good either way.” This doesn’t simply mean being ready to die, it also means being ready to live. Paul also said in the same breath,
For I live in eager expectation and hope that I will never do anything that causes me shame, but that I will always be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past, and that my life will always honor Christ, whether I live or I die.
~Philippians 1:20 NLT
As I read this verse again today, I found myself staring at every word and phrase that I had underlined. Sometimes I just want God’s words to be my own words and this is one of those cases. I strongly hope, and expect, that I’m not going to blow it in such a way to bring shame on my witness for Jesus. Instead, I want to live boldly, honoring Christ in all I think, say, and do in this life.
A willingness to die for Jesus just isn’t enough – we need to have a willingness to live for Jesus.
And salvation isn’t just fire insurance. We’re not just saved from death and hell to eternal life, we’re saved from sin and shame to a life of holiness.
This is how I expect to live today, and I expect it eagerly. I want to live up to my own high expectations. If I expect less of myself, I’ll live down to those expectations, but I want more, and I’m eager to have it!