While heaven might be your desired destination, the earth is your current situation. If you still have life left in you, God has more left for you to do.
19 for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, 20 as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. 24 But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.
- When we value something, we rejoice to share it with others.
- Both life and death are opportunities to show Christ’s worth (v. 20).
To Die is Gain (v.21)
- When Jesus is our prize, death is no threat.
- Death is gain when we trade in temporary pleasures for an eternal Treasure (v. 23).
To Live is Christ (v. 21)
- When Christ is central, we work for the spiritual progress of others (v. 22).
- The reason you are alive is to make disciples (v. 25-26).
- How will you help others follow Jesus?