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.
(A reader shares) “For many years I lived a life of “meaningless, meaningless, life is meaningless!” I could’ve had Ecclesiates tattood on my forehead. So much trauma and loss in my life, I wanted to die. I wondered what purpose was life anyway. I loved the Lord and felt burned out. In all honesty I was torn between being alive and being with the people I loved in Heaven. I wanted to ask the question, “Why do christians fight to live so much when Heaven is so wonderful?” I was afraid other christians would judge me for not seeing life as the gift that they did…for not being appreciative for it no matter how painful or worthless I felt in this world. These four paragraphs have answered that question. I intend to memmorize Phil 1: 23-26. God is leading me out of the desert. I intend to turn the lessons I’ve learned from my painful experiences into a testimony to help others who may have been in the dark places I’ve been. After going down the same street and falling into the same hole for so many years, I’ve decided to take a different road. I recommit to Jesus Christ and thank the Lord for giving me purpose, I want to rest in His arms, give Him control of my life, and follow His light to wherever it leads me one day at a time. I thirst for more knowledge and pray that I can be a pleasing witness for my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”