“To me, living is Christ and dying is gain.” Philippians 1:21.
In this passage (Phil. 1:21-30) Paul wrestles with the idea of dying to be one with Christ or living to spread the gospel message. Even though his desire is to die and be with Christ, he understands that his purpose is to help others come to a fuller understanding of a life lived in grace.
By remaining in this life as an encouraging agent, Paul is doing God’s work. Through sharing his struggles, he gives us an example of what it looks like to follow Christ. It is not always easy, but we are assured that the prize is worth the effort. Christ himself is the prize, and Christ himself is our support. We are never alone in our struggle. Christ will always come alongside of us to share our burden.