Living As Though the Truth were True | Philippians 1:21-23; 3:7-11
I often ask myself what did the apostles who saw the risen Jesus know about Jesus that I don’t know? I read where a Jesuit once said of Dorothy Day that she lived “as though the truth were true.” That’s a big statement when you really think about it. Seems simple yet it’s profound. Do I live as though the truth were true? Do you? When we read the letters of the apostles and the story of their lives in the New Testament, it’s clear that they lived “as though the truth were true.” They lived as though everything they knew about Jesus as true. And we see that especially in these autobiographical reflections of the apostle Paul that we can read in his letter to the Philippians in the New Testament. Over the years when I have reflected on these words something happens deeper in my heart and my soul with Jesus. Let me share that with you in this episode.
Philippians 1:21-23 NIV
For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far.
Philippians 3:7-11 NIV
But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.
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