For the children of God, the return of Jesus Christ is our highest hope and greatest longing, the moment when all our hopes are realized and all our suffering will cease and all our sorrow is wiped from our memory.
Who would not want to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord?
Knowing what God has written in His Word concerning heaven, who would not want to be present with the Lord?
Imagine…what God has prepared for those that love Him!
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” Revelation 21: 4
“ and there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him”
“And there shall be no night there: and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.” Revelation 22: 3&5
Perhaps the best part of being in heaven is the fact there will exist no separation between ourselves and God:
“…Behold, the tabernacle of God of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.” Revelation 21:3
Imagine…in what safer more blissful place could any person dwell than in the presence of God Himself?
Then to think this will be the dwelling place for Christ’s people forever more!
Yet, for the servants of God who remain here in this world there is more work God has foreordained for us to do, and until He comes for us we must work the works of Christ, while it is day.
“For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain”
“For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.” Philippians 1:21 & 23
Yes, though to be in heaven standing before Almighty God and our Savior, Jesus Christ is far better, yet we know it is more needful that we “abide in the flesh…” for the kingdom of God’s sake.
So that while we remain in this world we may say: Lord what would have me do?
How can I serve you with my life?
Never should it be said that we want Christ to return because we are too tired of life, or of serving Him, who has given us such hope and such an “unspeakable gift” as eternal life!
Never should it be thought that Christ should come because we have grown weary of well doing!
Rather, we should say always: Lord, what would you have me do, and how can I serve you better?