The message we have received and which we hold onto and hold out to others is the word of LIFE. It has benefits of wisdom and health and love and joy and comfort and fellowship, but they are not the message. They are the results of holding fast to the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, but now even more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God who is working in you, enabling you both to will and to act for His good purpose. Do everything without grumbling and arguing, so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God who are faultless in a crooked and perverted generation, among whom you shine like stars in the world. Hold firmly the message of life. Then I can boast in the day of Christ that I didn’t run in vain or labor for nothing. But even if I am poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. In the same way you also should rejoice and share your joy with me.
(Philippians 2:12-18 Holman Christian Standard Bible ®©)