TO GO OR STAY THAT IS THE QUESTION
As we continue our mediations in the Book of Philippians I am challenged by chapter 1:21
FOR ME TO LIVE IS CHRIST AND TO DIE IS GAIN NKJV
ALIVE I AM CHRIST’S MESSENGER; DEAD I AM HIS BOUNTY, LIFE VERSES EVEN MORE LIFE! I CAN’T LOSE. MESSAGE
When you are young you are invincible and never think about death and dying, but you get to my age, having complete my three score and ten years almost six years ago, you start to think more about death. One cannot help but become conscious of the aging process and the aches and pains it can produce and realise that one’s future in time is very limited in the light of your lengthy past. Please don’t think I am feeling morbid or depressed far from it.
Paul is in prison in Rome and despite his imprisonment he has an exciting ministry sharing with his jailors and his writing to the many churches he has pioneered and involved in. Although he suggests perhaps that physically he is not actually enjoying his imprisonment, and often thinks of heaven, and he declares there are times when he would like to depart this life and be eternally with the Lord. But, he knows his times are in the Lord’s hands who is the giver and taker of life, and at the time of his writing he knows that then it was more important for others that he remained alive.
Margaret and I have often talked this way as well, declaring we are happy to stay but would also be just as happy to go and be forever with the Lord. We have actually planned our Funeral Services (in case the Lord doesn’t come first). The services we want is to be to be a paen of Praise and Thanksgiving to our Saviour and Lord.
I wrote recently that I have been praying much that I will use my time wisely and for the Lord to open a door or doors of ministry or put in my heart something extra I could do for Him and the Kingdom of God. The picture is still not coming clearly to me of what I could do. I have received an invitation to teach in Indonesia in a new Bible School for one week (6 days) and this excites me to be honest. The School can offer us accommodation and hospitality but we would have to trust the Lord for the finances for our airfares. When I announced we would be in Singapore in late May, a dear brother wrote and said he had a Love Gift for me, It was over $1000 praise the Lord, which I have set aside for ministry expenses, but would need considerably more than that to cover the airfares. Would you pray with me that if the Lord wants me to teach in this School He will meet this financial need.
I would sure appreciate your comments on the above.