“According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”
Paul desired to be ashamed in nothing, but to be bold that Christ would be magnified in his body, whether by life or by death. For Paul, to live is Christ. Christ is the only object for which he lived. To die is gain. Paul wanted Christ to be glorified in his death and knew it would be gain to him.
Lord, give me boldness to not be ashamed of Christ and His gospel. May Christ be magnified in my body whether I live or die! Use my life, and even my death, to make the light of Christ known in the dark places of this world!