To be with the Lord in perfection and glory or remain here and work toward the kingdom of God. Which do I choose? I desire to be free from this sinful flesh and painful existence. To be in the presence of my Savior and the comforts of an eternity without pain, suffering, temptation, and sorrow. How I long for that day that I will be in perfection before my Lord Jesus and bliss forevermore.
But, I know the Lord is not done with me yet. He has appointed a day and set a time that I will depart and be with Him. But it is not this day.
He has also appointed to me, a job to be done, a task at hand, and He has charged me with much work to be accomplished. To build upon His foundation for His Kingdom, to seek and save the lost, and much more to come that I know nothing of.
This He has also assigned to you as well. He has established a charge to you, much work to be done, and a time when it will be completed.
It is good to think of heaven, His marvelous coming, and the end of the age. To look into His mysteries and be fascinated by what is to come. But to dwell on it too much is not right.
Seek His face, His will, and direction that you may perform the tasks at hand. Prepare yourself also for the work yet to come. He has ordained much work for you. Do not waste the time He has given you. That you may be thoroughly equipped to perform those things God has prepared for you to do.
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
Fix your gaze upon Him, put your hand to the plow, do not look back, and work for the furtherance of His Kingdom. Work to build up treasures in Heaven where moth does not eat and rust does not destroy. Then encourage one another to do the same.
“Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys.” Luke 12:33
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.