An old quote in american christian circles was, “He’s so heavenly minded he’s of no earthly good.” A new christian recently noted that people either don’t want to let go of the world or they just want to be gone and in heaven. “What’s the right attitude they wondered?”
Paul says “I’m torn between two things, having a desire to depart and be with the Lord, which is far better. Nevertheless, to remain in the flesh is more needful for you. Having this confidence I know that I shall remain for now. Philippians 1.23-26
Do you understand what he said? If I were given the choice right now to go and hang with the Lord Jesus, or to stay and minister to others, I should see staying as more important. What a great spin that puts on how I see the opportunities in front of me. It leaves no room for whining about difficulties, or difficult people for that matter. It leads me to seize the day with gusto to attack evil,comfort the sick and in pain, to teach the simple, to encourage the discouraged, to heal the wounded. (ALL OF THESE BLESSED OPPORTUNITIES CAN NOT BE DONE IN HEAVEN.)
LORD TEACH ME TO KEEP MY EYES AND HOPE ON YOU, TO SEE THE NEEDS AROUND ME AND TO SEE THAT RIGHT NOW THEY CONSTITUTE A BLESSING GREATER THAN BEING IN HEAVEN WITH YOU.