Philippians 1:21 – For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
One of the hardest things for us to do is to walk humbly before God despite wonderful admonitions like Micah 6:8. “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” We want to be noticed and recognized not simply to be known. Even the quietest people I have ever met harbor pride.
The Apostle Paul knew better than most the pitfalls of self-righteousness, and he wanted the saints at Phillippi to avoid those failures. True lasting joy and peace comes from following in the steps of Jesus in humble service. Therefore to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If we live properly, then it is by that perfect way of the Lord that leads to righteousness, peace, and joy. If we die in Him, then we live eternal with Him! How can we lose?