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8 June 2022


Philippians 1:20 – 21

20. I eagerly fully expect and hope that I will never be ashamed, but that I will continue to be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past. And I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die.

21. For to me, living means living for Christ and dying is even better.

As I was meditating on this very important question, “what should a Christian do before they depart this earth?” I asked myself this question, “what would be the most important when we as Christians would come to that very hour where we would stand face to face with our Creator, Savior, Lord, and King? And I realized that to me it would be that I would not shun away in shame because of the life I chose to live, but rather that I would stand confident knowing that in all things it was always my heart’s desire to honor Him and to give Him my utmost, my very best. That I exerted myself with everything that is within me to take hold of that which Christ lay hold of for me. That I lived for Him and Him alone regarding Him as the highest prize to ever be attained.

He gave His utmost, He gave His very best so that I can share in His life and kingdom. How can I in any way give him any less in return? I know that should this be the case, that on that day when I stand before Him beholding the utter brokenness in His eyes because of the choice I have made, I will certainly stand ashamed. I would for all eternity see before my eyes that image of a broken Christ. How could any person live with such an image imprinted into their mind?

So, I would say to every Christian you never know when that hour will come to your door and your time will come to depart from this earth. So, live your life every day as if it could be your last and live your life completely for Christ.

You see, when we live for Christ death becomes a joyful experience for the one that departs, but should we live any life other than a life lived for Christ, departing this earth becomes a fearful experience.


Thereze Catherine Barnard


Voice of Hope Blog

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