When I was a kid, I heard about this statement. “If you’re not ready to die, then you’re not ready to live.”
It made sense to me. For how can one really face life if a person does not face the painful reality of death?
As such, I immediately embraced what Apostle Paul stood for as his principle of life and death. He declared, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
From what I consider as my life verse also, let me show you some important steps in developing your principle of life and death.
1. Create It Personally.
It was all very personal for the transformed man like St. Paul. “For to me,” he said.
Whatever his life purpose, mission, beliefs, teachings, passion, goals, etc., for him these are personal, something that he takes with a sense of ownership and belongingness.
Do you have a life statement that you consider as your own?
I highly recommend that you make it personally.
2. Construct It Purposively.
Developing a principle of life and death must be purposive. For Apostle Paul, he intended “to live…” and not just to exist.
Living a life without purpose is the most tragic existence a person could have. It’s just like drifting in the wind without a reason for living or sense of direction.
If you want to develop a life principle, you must be able to answer this question. How do you intend to spend your life in a particular way?
3. Center It In the Person of Jesus Christ.
Anyone can develop a life statement. However, the litmus test of such statement is on its foundation.
Is it the truth or theory? Is it based on speculation of Scriptural revelation?
For apostle Paul, his life statement is not based on philosophy but on the person of Jesus, the “Christ.” He specifically indicated only one person and no one else, that is Jesus Christ.
4. Complete It Permanently.
The wisdom of Apostle Paul in embracing faith in Christ is impeccable because he knew that only Christ has conquered life and death.
As such, to live “and to die” are a complete package. Of course, he is referring to the physical death here, not the spiritual death.
If you create a life principle, it should cover not just life itself but inclusive of death and beyond.
5. Count It Productively.
Since death is a real life issue, one must be able to consider it from God’s point of view. While many people consider death as a dead end, for Apostle Paul, it was a “gain,” as something profitable and favorable.
If a person is in Christ, death is not the end in itself. It is only just a transition toward the eternal destiny.
Jesus himself threw the question: What will it profit for a person to gain the world and lost his own soul?
Indeed, a person who is not in Christ has everything to risk. But the one who is in Christ has nothing to lose except one’s self. Yet still, this person, like Apostle Paul, has everything to gain.
So if you want to make your life count, you have to face the reality of death with Christ who is the way, the truth, the resurrection, and the life eternal.
However you state your written life statement, I hope you make it Christ-centered.
Glenn Plastina (c) 2017