As I was helping someone with their next steps in faith on Wednesday night, I realized again how the whole of the gospel — indeed, the whole of the Christian life — is summarized in Philippians 1:21:
Christ in me is to live, to die is to gain.
That says it all, doesn’t it? The first phrase describes how the reality of the living God dwelling inside us makes life more vivid and abundant, and then the second phrase seals the deal: that kind of life never ends.
In fact, death actually makes it better.
All the pages and chapters of my Christian story have only made sense because I have assurance of how the book ends — to die is to gain.
That’s why Philippians 1:21 will be on my marker. Given my genes, I could be in for a long wait, but at least I’ve got that decision made.