What “to live is Christ and to Die is Gain” means?

Philippians 1:20-21

20as it is my eager expectation and hope(A) that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full(B) courage now as always Christ(C) will be honored in my body,(D) whether by life or by death. 21For to me(E) to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

Paul’s aim is that Christ be exalted in his life. Whether he lives or dies – it was so Christ may be magnified and glorified.

It reminds me of Dondon, one of our volunteers who passed away months ago. When he was living, he attracted so many people in the faith because you could see God’s goodness in his life. When he died, his death brought new life to some of the people who were mere attenders in the church to be disciple makers. His death brought meaning to other people’s lives. That is the impact he left in this earth.

To live is christ, to die is gain. That was his life message and legacy.

Phil 3:8Indeed, I count everything as loss because of(A) the surpassing worth of(B) knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I(C) have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ

I love John Piper’s life message: ” God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”