20For I fully expect and hope that I will never be ashamed, but that I will continue to be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past. And I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die. 21For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better. 22But if I live, I can do more fruitful work for Christ. So I really don’t know which is better. 23I’m torn between two desires: I long to go and be with Christ, which would be far better for me. 24But for your sakes, it is better that I continue to live.
25Knowing this, I am convinced that I will remain alive so I can continue to help all of you grow and experience the joy of your faith. Philippians 1:20-25
The Apostle Paul declares his heart for Jesus. You can hear in his words above, the zeal and passion he has for Jesus and his intention to live for Jesus and to be with Jesus no matter what happens in life. Even while writing from prison, death has lost its sting for Paul because he is looking forward to a day when he will be with Jesus fully.
But he has another desire. Paul desires greatly that people, like the Philippian church, keep growing in Christ. He wants them to grow and he’ love to be a part of it. Not only that, but Paul wants them to keep experiencing the joy of their faith.
I want the same thing for you. It’s true. There is joy in Christ Jesus for us. And I hope, that you have the joy of knowing the One who has overcome death, sin, and evil. I hope you have the joy of knowing the One who loves you completely and fully. I pray that the Holy Spirit renews your mind in the knowledge of Jesus Christ our Lord so that you experience our Heavenly Father’s great love for you! And I pray that His love will produce joy.