As persecution rises and conditions become more and more difficult for believers around the world, thoughts and desires for the Lord’s return become more intense in our hearts. Almost daily I hear of faithful Christians being killed, churches destroyed, and believers being marginalized from jobs and freedoms. While we should expect this from a world that hates our Savior, how we handle these circumstances is critical.
As I look at the life of Paul, I am reminded of his intensity to remain faithful to the Lord and his calling to preach the gospel, plant and strengthen strong churches. As he sat in prison, thoughts of going “home” to be with Jesus had a very strong pull in his heart. “My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is farm better” than sit in a dark cell on a starvation diet (Philippians 1:23).
There was another “necessity” that tugged at his heart. It was the “daily pressure…of my anxiety for all the churches” (2 Corinthians 11:28). That is why he said to the Philippians, “to remain in the flesh (this body) is more necessary on your account. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith” (Philippians 1:25).
Yes, I long to be out of this condition I am in, but like Paul, I am overwhelmed with desire to see others mature in their faith and serviceability so they can be dynamic tools in God’s hand to accomplish His work in reaching the unreached. I want this to be your focus. Turn trials into God- sized opportunities and He will give a heaven-sized reward. Revisit the core desire of your heart and they will tell you where your treasure is.
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