For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
I know what the Apostle Paul is talking about.
I cannot imagine my life without Christ. I accepted Him as my Savior in 1975.
It was the best decision I’ve ever made.
Then I started going to church and became really interested in Bible study. So much so, that I went to a Bible college.
I pastored a church for seven months in the early 80’s. I did not last there. I wasn’t ready for the pastorate. But it did not deter my love for Christ and my hunger for His word.
It took ten years before I would pastor again. I stayed six years. This time I did not leave voluntarily. Something happened at the end of that pastorate when I was filled with the Holy Spirit like never before.
I was asked to leave and, after some prayer and fasting, I did.
Several months later an opportunity came to start a church.
I believed this is what God wanted and my wife and I started Crossroads.
None of this is what I planned to do with my life.
Even though my salvation was wonderful, I did not plan on it.
The greatest moments of living for Christ come when I die to myself. My death is gain.
I die so Christ can live in me.
Gal 2:20 – I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.