When Jacob finished commanding his sons, he drew up his feet into the bed and breathed his last and was gathered to his people. —Genesis 49:50

            We also will breath our last one day and then we will “be gathered” to our people! This is the great hope that we have. After death we will be with Jesus and all who love Him.

So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil. —II Corinthians 5:6-10

            Why are we still on the planet? Why have we not drawn our last breath yet? The Apostle Paul understood why. Here is what he said,

If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! 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. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, so that through my being with you again your boasting in Christ Jesus will abound on account of me. —Philippians 1:22-26

            Do I know why I am still on this planet? Do I know why I have not drawn my last breath yet? I am not here to be comfortable. I am not her to focus on worldly things. I am not here to build my own little empire. I am here to serve my Lord Jesus and to serve His people and to share the gospel with those who have yet to call on His Name. That is why I am here. Now, may I be faithful in this work my Lord has called me for (Ephesians 2:10) and be zealous about it! (Titus 2:14). May I do so for the “progress and joy in the faith” of others!

Dear Father what do you have for me today? May I be sensitive to Your desires for this day as I walk through it.   May I honor Your Name by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. May it be so!

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