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To Live is Christ

Living as though you don’t have tomorrow

Cross of Christ

Our work overseas limits our ability to form concrete relationships. We make friends fast and have deep conversations. We never know when we will see each other again.

Some people quickly make an impression on you when you meet them. This summer I met such a man, Stan, a man that loves his wife, his family and his work.

Sad news

I received a message from Stan. He stated he has Stage 4 cancer. Even with chemotherapy, he only has a few months to live.

I do not know what to think about the email. I hope to catch up with him and his family, but am not sure that will be possible.

I wept for his family, prayed for healing and struggled with what this meant for his work.

Living with conviction

Paul wrote in Phillipians 1:21-24,

For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better. But if I live, I can do more fruitful work for Christ. So I really don’t know which is better. I’m torn between two desires: I long to go and be with Christ, which would be far better for me. But for your sakes, it is better that I continue to live.”

God’s gain is our loss

I know God will be pleased when Stan is in His presence. I know Stan will be blessed being in the presence of the Lord. We, however, will experience a sense of loss.

Stan has dedicated his life to and lives for Jesus. He loves his wife, his two kids, and the work God has given him.

How to pray

The email is asking for prayer. He wants wisdom about doing chemotherapy. If the treatment will add some months to tell others about Jesus, he wants strength. If it will take away his ability to work for God, he would rather skip the treatment.

How can someone make that kind of request?

When you spend time in the presence of Jesus, singing songs of praise, meditating on Scripture, and talking with Him, you gain a desire to serve Him and spend eternity with Him.

Stan has no regrets. His life has been well-lived. His prayer request aligns with a desire to have his remaining days filled with opportunities for Jesus.

The challenge

Live in such a way to bring glory to God. Pursue Him and tell others about Him. Fulfill the words of Paul, “Living for Christ.” Live in a way that makes your life a testimony of Jesus.

Comment, if you would like, but my preference is for you to take a moment and pray for Stan. Pray God will give him wisdom and peace in the coming months.

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