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My Great Eager Expectation for My Life

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!

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  • http://deekdubberly.com/ Deek Dubberly

    Great thoughts to start a day with. I just found your site via a comment you left elsewhere—at least that’s where I think I found you. Nonetheless, I got your feed in my reader, so know that I’ll be reading along. Thanks.
    .-= Deek Dubberly´s last blog ..Are you Qualified to be a Leader in the Church? =-.

    • http://www.brandonacox.com Brandon

      Thanks Deek! Hope you come back now and then!

  • Kerrie Smith

    Yes, this is true as well. Living up to what God would have us do would be better than just being ready to die. This gave me a lot to think about, too. I want to do better at living for the Lord and not just being ready to die. I wonder if a lot of us just stop at being ready to die, but we don’t think about how awesome it would be to also strive for the goal of our high calling in Christ Jesus. Thanks for sharing this as well.

    • http://www.brandonacox.com Brandon

      Great thinking, Kerrie – right on track!

  • http://drayburn.wordpress.com Dusty Rayburn

    I agree that we need to Live for Christ, not just be ready to die.

    In order to truly be alive in Christ, we have to first come to the point where we are willing to die for Him.

    Thank you for sharing!
    .-= Dusty Rayburn´s last blog ..Three Hearts, One God =-.

    • http://www.brandonacox.com Brandon

      Very true – the essence of “taking up our cross” is literally going to martyrdom and execution for the faith if necessary.

  • http://highlyfavored.affiliateshelpdesk.com Kiesha @ Highly Favored

    To steal a quote I heard someone on TV who’d had a near death experience – “Dying is easy, to keep living is the hard part”
    Living for Christ is hard sometimes, but the unspeakable joy that comes when you fully give your life to Him far outweighs the bad.
    Your initial message said what was needed – your witness served its purpose both then and now. :)
    .-= Kiesha @ Highly Favored´s last blog ..All things work together for the good =-.

    • http://www.brandonacox.com Brandon

      Thanks Kiesha, I’ve been camped out in Philippians lately so I’m getting huge doses of this line of thinking.