Ready for Heaven, but needed on Earth!
1. Paul’s Dilemma – “Strait”
Strait is a word we don’t used often today, here are some of the ways it was used then:
Used as a siege
Used as narrow space between two points
Used as a cattle squeeze, pressing in on both sides
Used as a prisoner
His body is here, but his heart was there.
2. Paul’s Desire – “Depart”
Some of the ways deapart was used:
It was a military term, meaning the battle was over and they army was
It was a sailor’s term, to loose the ship and sail off
It was a farmer’s term, to take the yoke off oxen after the work was
It was a traveler’s term, to put the horses in the barn when the journey was
It was a political term, to set prisoners free
Paul longs for the Lord – “far better”
3. Paul’s Debt – “Service”
Paul wanted to go to Heaven, but he knew he was needed right here.
Paul understands that he was a conduit, that he was being used for the Glory of
God. Even while he was in prison.
While our hearts strings are being tugged towards our home in Heaven, we must come to terms with some truths of being a Christian:
God saved us to work
Every saint has a job
Every saint has a debt
Every saint will be rewarded
We live in a world headed for Hell
How would you finish this verse?
“For me to live is _____ and to die is _____”