Living the Bible

How do I balance longing for heaven with the desire to be useful? (Philippians 1:22-26).

August 12, 2021 Season 10 Episode 9
Living the Bible
How do I balance longing for heaven with the desire to be useful? (Philippians 1:22-26).
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Living the Bible
How do I balance longing for heaven with the desire to be useful? (Philippians 1:22-26).
Aug 12, 2021 Season 10 Episode 9

James longs for heaven and often expresses the wish to die young so that he can get there early. Susan loves life and doesn’t like thinking about heaven too much because there’s so much kingdom work to be done on earth.

Most of us are varying mixtures of James and Susan, which creates a confusing and painful tension at times. Sometimes we feel guilty about how little we long for heaven, other times we feel guilty that our desire for heaven is merely escapism from this world’s troubles. How do I balance my longing for eternal life with my longing for a useful life?

The Apostle Paul was a James-Susan mix, and, in Philippians 1:22-26, models the answer for us.

Show Notes

James longs for heaven and often expresses the wish to die young so that he can get there early. Susan loves life and doesn’t like thinking about heaven too much because there’s so much kingdom work to be done on earth.

Most of us are varying mixtures of James and Susan, which creates a confusing and painful tension at times. Sometimes we feel guilty about how little we long for heaven, other times we feel guilty that our desire for heaven is merely escapism from this world’s troubles. How do I balance my longing for eternal life with my longing for a useful life?

The Apostle Paul was a James-Susan mix, and, in Philippians 1:22-26, models the answer for us.