--Philippians 1:23-24--"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."
What a bittersweet thing for Paul to say as he sits in prison. I love that this word was written to the people of Philippi but it is still so relevant to us thousands of years later.
If we are living in Christ than our hearts long to be with our Creator. Yet Paul knew that as much as he longed to be with Jesus, He had a mission, a command to fulfill here on earth. He made sure that he told everyone what that mission was.
It says in Matthew 28:19-20,
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
"Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.”(MSG)
As much as I long to be with Jesus, I know that He has called me and YOU to spread the GOOD NEWS.
Let me ask you something,
If you found music or a movie that brought you joy, you would share that with your friends right?
Its the same with Jesus and our salvation. When you give your life to Jesus and you surrender ALL, Jesus becomes your everything. He gives you joy, He blesses you in abundance and ultimately you get to spend ETERNITY in paradise with Him. It is a GIFT that is FREELY GIVEN.
So if you would share that music with your friend why wouldn't you tell them about Jesus and the FREE GIFT that HE is. He has brought you from death to LIFE. We are CALLED and it is our RESPONSIBILITY to share TRUE LIFE with those that we interact with.
BE BOLD in your FAITH.
Be the reason why someone gets to spend eternity with Jesus. It is one of the greatest gifts to know that someone else can share in the JOY that comes from knowing Him and being FULLY ALIVE in HIM.
Our families, our friends, and this world needs a Savior. We are not promised tomorrow so don't wait to share Him. He will be with you as you speak life to that one person.
All He asks you to do is step out in faith, trust Him, and know that He will do the rest.
Thank you Jesus for giving us your precious Word as a guide to this life. Thank you Jesus for the Holy Spirit and the provision and peace He gives to us daily. Thank you Jesus for never leaving or forsaking your children. Thank you Jesus for dying the deaths of all deaths so that we can spend ETERNITY with YOU.
"As much as I LONG to be with you Jesus, I will LIVE to share LIFE with those who don't know you. "
Share Jesus with someone Today.
In His Love