The Integrated Life
Paul the Apostle was a mature man in Christ. He wanted Christ to be honored in all that he did.
19 For I know that this shall turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
20 according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I shall not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ shall even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.
21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. (Phil 1:19-21)
As a person matures in Christ, his or her motives become purer and purer. We discover no greater joy than to know God the Father, to meditate on Jesus Christ, his person and his work, and to enjoy the ministry of the Holy Spirit to our own hearts. As we taste more and more of heavenly joy, we find that being in Christ and having Christ within is the best of all possible lives. We recognize that our defects and failings are all our own, and anything good we have is the life of Christ within. This brings great freedom and purpose in life. We do not fear to live or fear to die for all and everything is defined by Christ. That does not make us less than human but it makes us fully human. For we reflect the beauty of the God-man.