The Apostle Paul wrote to a church needing his help, “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” (Phil. 1:23-24 ). The more he became like Christ, the more he wanted “to depart and be with Christ”— that is, to be in heaven, for he knew that “is better by far.”
Do you think like that very often?
Reading Christian biography has taught me that godly men and women think often of heaven and of being with Jesus. If you read one of the world’s all-time bestsellers, John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, you’ll read the writing of a man obsessed with the Celestial City.
One of the signs of becoming more like Jesus is increasingly wanting to be where He is.
It’s a matter of direction.