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2 Corinthians 5:8

THE INWARD LIFE OF A STEWARD
Viewing Death

…prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.

Paul offers us quite a provocative statement in 2 Corinthians 5:8. He tells us that we should…prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord (NASB). Whenever I hear this verse I can’t help but recall the story when Mrs. Jones asked her 2nd grade Sunday school class, “How many of you would like to go to heaven?” The whole class raised their hands but Billy. Mrs. Jones asked, “Billy, don’t you want to go to heaven? “Sure I do,” he said confidently, “I just thought you were taking up a load right now!” I fear that far too often we might find ourselves thinking a lot more like Billy than we would want to admit. “I am glad to go to heaven, just not right now!” Think about it.