The Doorpost: What's on your bucket list?

Ray King  ·  Nov 23, 2020

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.

Philippians 1:21-24

What’s on your bucket list? 

We sometimes say, “Before I die, I’d like to …” 

But what is there here on earth that would be more important or more enjoyable than being in heaven with Christ? What would be worth the delay? Traveling? Recreation? Leisure? Accumulating possessions? Christmas presents? Good things in life can distract us from focusing on the best.

Even though the Apostle Paul was in prison, he said that remaining here on Earth allowed him to have fruitful labor in serving others. Similarly, God calls us to manage His creation and participate in filling it with people, caring for, helping, and serving them. He “desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the Truth” (1 Timothy 2:4), and He gives us an important part in building His Kingdom by making disciples of Jesus Christ and bearing one another’s burdens.