For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose. But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better; 24 yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake.
The apostle Paul had a fond affection for the believers in Philippi. The start of the church was nothing less than miraculous. But now, during his imprisonment he is torn between two worlds. Should he go on to be with the Lord? Or remain and minister and see the fruit that comes from it? Discerning God’s will would not be so easy at this stage of life.
How about me? Am I producing spiritual fruit? Are my labors fruitful in the Lord? I am sure God is not calling me to heaven right now, so I am resigned to bear fruit and continue to minister in His kingdom on earth.
Lord, its always good for me to think about eternity. I feel you have many things for me to accomplish at this season of life, in my own life, family, ministry and the school as well. Thank you that I wake each day with a God-honoring purpose. While I am not torn at this moment, I pray when the day is close I will be torn between two worlds.