I’ve been challenged recently by two phrases from Philippians 1.
1. For me to live is Christ (vs. 21)
2. Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ (vs.27)
Both these brief phrases point out that to live for Christ and the gospel demands your entire life. Too often I find myself trying to get the “Christian” stuff out of the way so I can move on to do what I really want to do. Yet, this is so exactly opposite of what God really wants. He wants all of me completely. He wants my heart. He wants my entire life. I think one of the reasons I (and perhaps others) tend to shy away from this type of thinking is that it seems so overwhelming. We think how on earth can I possibly give what God requires. Yet, when we realize that Christ has already lived this type of life for us on our behalf, we are freed to offer our whole lives not out of duty or fear but out of love.