For me to Live is Christ, to Die is Gain

This hymn was written by J White based on Philippians 1 v 21. According to this post it is in the public domain.

It was published in Youth Praise 2 in the late 1960s / early 1970s, but this is now out-of-print.




For me to live is Christ, to die is gain.
To hold His hand and walk
His narrow way.
There is no peace, no joy, no thrill,
Like walking in His will.
For me to live is Christ, to die is gain.

Now once my heart was full of sin and shame.
'Til someone told me Jesus came to save.
When He said "Come home to me"
He set my poor heart free.
For me to live is Christ, to die is gain

Now there are things that I still do not know,
But of this one thing I'm completely sure:
He who called me on that day washed all my sin away.
For me to live is Christ, to die is gain.

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  1. How wonderful,sweet and honest. Praise you LORD

  2. There seems to be a typo here. It should read 'For me to live IS Christ (not IN Christ). I remember singing this regularly as a teenager and the words and music were recalled recently in a study of Philippians. A powerful reminder of living FOR Christ but knowing that we are in a win-win situation.

  3. I think the author was Keith White, not J White.