“Yes, and I will keep rejoicing, for I know that this will turn out for my deliverance, through your intercession and the help of the Ruach of Messiah Yeshua. My eager expectation and hope is that in no way will I be put to shame, but that with complete boldness Messiah will even now, as always, be exalted in my body – whether through life or through death. For to me, to live is Messiah and to die is gain.”
Yes, let us also keep rejoicing through every circumstance because those who love the Lord will “in no way be put to shame.” Why is that? How can Paul say this when he has been arrested, beaten and thrown into prison? How can we as Believers rejoice in every circumstance, not being ashamed of our lives in Messiah, when life all around us seems to be unraveling at the seams and death is knocking at our door? The answer lies in verse twenty-one of this passage, “For to me, to live is Messiah and to die is gain.”
You see, the absolute reality for those who belong to Yeshua is that, no matter what circumstance we find ourselves in here on this earth, we live to magnify Yeshua the Messiah! We live as His witnesses, proclaiming the Good News of Messiah and His Kingdom! Every day that we have on this earth is an opportunity to know Him more, to be transformed into His likeness by the washing of the Word and the power of the Holy Spirit, and to make Him known to others. It is a significant life of purpose and meaning. Our life here on Earth is found in Messiah, it is orchestrated by Him, it is shepherded by Him, and is empowered by His Spirit! No circumstance can remove us from His great love, not even death itself! This is why we will not be put to shame. This is why we can rejoice. While we are living on this earth, Messiah is our source and we are His witnesses. And when we die, we have the promise of being in His presence and the promise of the resurrection! We gain either way! Therefore, there is no shame for those who belong to Messiah, neither in life nor in death, so let us boldly stand on these truths and confidently say, “I will keep rejoicing, for I know that this will turn out for my deliverance….For to me, to live is Messiah and to die is gain.”
The Word of God is alive and active, speaking truth into our lives, helping us establish a firm foundation to stand on while we go through life on this side of eternity. Please take some time to quietly meditate on the passages above and ask yourself these three questions.
1: What truth is being spoken in these passages?
2: What does this mean for me?
3: How should I respond?