"Man, who is born of a woman, is of few days, and full of trouble.
"Oh that you would hide me in Sheol, that you would keep me secret, until your wrath is past, that you would appoint me a set time, and remember me! If a man dies, shall he live again? All the days of my warfare would I wait, until my release should come. You would call, and I would answer you. You would have a desire to the work of your hands. --Job 14:1, 13-15 (WEB)
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. --Phi 1:21 (WEB)Dying for one's faith is easier than living for it.
In dying, someone comes and takes away your life -- makes your body incapable of holding life.
In living, no one comes to take away your death -- your body remains able to hold life, much as you may, from time to time, wish otherwise.
In death, you have your one moment to glorify God, before being released into his presence.
In life, you have the opportunity to glorify God day after day. He is still present but there is no release.
In death, you can set your burden down, your work on earth is done.
In life, your burden remains and your work continues.
Living for one's faith is harder than dying for it.
© Copyright Bruce M. Axtens, 2006