For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I am to live on in the flesh this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose. But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better; yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake. And convinced of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy in the faith,..." Phil 1:21-25 (The New American Standard Bible)
Last week I discovered that the slogan used by a satellite communications system was simple and to the point – "Keeping you connected no matter where life takes you." At first I glossed over it and it took several days for the significance of the statement to "find me again". In short, the analogy to Paul's ministry became clearer as I rolled the slogan around in my mind. His joy came from sharing in the faith of others and more importantly as he discharged the fruitful labor to which he had been entrusted. Literally, he stayed connected and lived to tell about it – the Gospel of Christ – no matter where he found himself. It was at the very focal point of his life, and his desire to communicate with others dictated his daily activities whether in chains or free. Is the level of communication in your life like that of the satellite communications system and Paul's dedication to the Gospel of Christ? Do you stay connected with the Gospel of Christ no matter where life takes you? Do you in fact live to tell about it? Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Father guide us in our communications with others and help us to remain connected to you and the Gospel of Christ. Help us to live to tell about it. Amen.