The class had become boring. So the teacher decided to liven it up with a group discussion.
"If Shakespeare were alive today," he asked, "would he be considered remarkable?"
"Remarkable?" replied one student. "That's hardly the way to put it. He'd be considered ancient."
Living long does not mean that one has lived well or accomplished much. It simply means that one has lived. What we do with the time that God gives us is what really matters. We all must face one simple, significant, serious question: Who and what do we live for?
After his conversion Paul had one desire: To live and die for Christ. He wrote "that I will never do anything that causes me shame...that I will always be bold for Christ...that my life will always honor Christ...for me to live is Christ."
Paul's whole purpose in life was to become more like Christ and to speak boldly for Christ. It did not matter if he was among friends or in a prison, in front of a crowd or writing a letter. He was totally consumed with serving the Lord. Someone said that if we are not ready to die, we are not prepared to live.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, may we always put You first in all that we do and one day hear You say, "Well done my good and faithful servant." In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Philippians 1:21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.