21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose. 23 But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better; 24 yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that your proud confidence in me may abound in Christ Jesus through my coming to you again (Philippians 1).
Thirty eight years ago a movie came out about a man’s soul that was prematurely removed from his body by a guardian angel, thinking the man was going to die after being hit by a truck. The angel was wrong, though, so they had to find a way to get him back —even though his body had already been cremated. The movie was a remake of the original which came out thirty five years before, its title being “Heaven Can Wait.”
We are told to watch and wait, keeping our eyes focused on the things above (Colossians 3:1) and waiting for our Savior (Philippians 3:20-21), and yet, the opposite is also true: every moment we spend on earth is another moment heaven is made to wait on us! And while heaven is waiting on us, it is also watching to see how much we are doing to help others in their “progress and joy in the faith.”
Lord, help us This Day to be watching and waiting on You — yet, while doing so (and as all of heaven watches and waits on us) may we also be found ready to others in their “progress and joy in the faith.” Amen.