READ : Philippians 1:21-30
Paul felt torn. He wanted to be with Christ in heaven, but also to remain on earth where people would find joy from his ministry. The second prospect motivated him to embrace life and continue his very successful service.
God has kept many servants on earth to shepherd souls even though their longing was to be with God. One outstanding woman who labored faithfully was Susanna Wesley, mother of 19 children. She educated all of them and ministered to many others also. She lived through a fire and other trials but persisted in her ministries to others. She prayed:
Help me, Lord, to remember that religion is not to be confined to the church or closet, nor exercised only in prayer and meditation, but that everywhere I am in thy presence. So may my every word and action have a moral content. May all the happenings of my life prove useful and beneficial to me. May all things instruct me and afford me an opportunity of exercising some virtue. . . .
Mother of John and Charles Wesley, she could say, “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” When she was to gain heaven, she requested: “Children, as soon as I am released, sing a psalm of praise to God.”
Dear Lord, help us to minister to others as long as you desire, and then joyfully go home to heaven. Amen.