New Life

How is your life going today? Are you looking forward to a change? Do you anticipate things getting better? How does your life today compare to your life 10 years ago? What do you think your life will be like 10 years from now? What will your eternal life be like?

I believe we all look for a better life. Unfortunately, we too often look for it in this world and especially in material possessions. Sure, we often can make a better life here on this earth. That is especially true if we put God first in our lives and depend on Him. Yet, we often want to take the reins ourselves and put more trust in our plans than we do God’s.

Personally, I understand Paul’s message to the Philippians when he basically says he is ready to go to heaven. I also understand his conundrum and why he decides it’s better for him to stay for a while.

Let me explain. On a personal level, looking only at me, I’m ready to live eternity with God. I’m ready to leave all the pain and suffering behind. Why not? Can you imagine what heaven will be like? I would love to find out and stay there forever.

On the other hand, I also believe without a doubt that God has a plan for me to continue His work here on this earth. So, I’m willing to stay here and continue working on the tasks He has laid out for me. I also would hate to leave my family and friends behind.

That makes for quite the conundrum, doesn’t it? On the one hand, being ready to spend eternity in heaven. On the other hand, not wanting to leave things undone and wanting to take care of your family. Ultimately, each of us need to trust God. He knows when the time is right for us to come join Him and He knows what He has planned for us to do yet.

It is nice to be comfortable in knowing God is in control. It is comforting to not worry about where we will spend eternity. It gives us freedom to continue working the tasks God has laid out for us without fear. It provides us with a confidence and peace that is beyond understanding and cannot be fully explained.

I pray each of us come to the conundrum of wanting to go to heaven and yet wanting to stay on this earth. I pray we all find the peace beyond understanding. I pray we all trust that God has a plan for us and are willing to take on the tasks He assigns us. Trust God is in control. Accept His peace into your life. Be confident in completing His assigned tasks. God will not let you down.

Philippians 1:21-24 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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