The Big Idea: Burn in my soul a passion to please You in and through what I say and do.
My Thoughts: Lifestyle worshiper, are you betwixt the two? Are you torn between being with Jesus or remaining here (v. 23)? Or is there no struggle at all? In the main text noted below, the Apostle Paul expresses a deep passion to be with the Lord Jesus; but he has an equally deep passion for continuing his life’s mission of sharing the Good News with those who have yet to hear. For him this is a great struggle. It is tearing him to pieces.
But have you noticed that for some there is no struggle at all, yet for different reasons. Perhaps one reason is what Romans 12:2 (also below) warns us about: We are too conformed–too squeezed–into the world’s moldy thinking. Our passion for being with the Lord Jesus has waned. Herein lies one of my personal struggles as I become just another one of those proverbial frogs splashing about in the hot water….
What do you feel are some other reasons that some do not have this struggle? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this one struggle.
Main Text: — Philippians 1:21-23 — 21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 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! 23 I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; [NIV84]
Additional Scriptures to Renew Your Thoughts
Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. We live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please Him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. — 2 Corinthians 5:6-9 (NIV84)
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will. —Romans 12:2 (NIV84)
May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. — 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 (NIV84)
Lord Jesus Christ, as You burn in my soul a passion to please You in and through what I say and do, may my yearning to be with You make me more faithful until I am. In Your Name, Amen.