Trapped by Good Realities
Paul wrote in prison where two possibilities existed: he could be executed or he could be freed. He wrote:
22 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.
23 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. (Phil 1:22-24)
Heaven is all about the company we keep. Also, Earth should be about the company we keep. We should enjoy the people we love on the Earth and we should look forward to seeing the Trinity in heaven and those Christians who are in Heaven. As we live our life spiritually on the Earth, so other Christians become more and more enjoyable. That experience gives us a taste of heaven. Such a taste should whet our appetites to look forward to what we will fully experience in the presence of God and the angels. So as Paul we should be caught between being useful for the Christians around us now and the anticipation of the joys of heaven.
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