Philippians 1:24
More Needful

24 Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.

They wait for me to make a decision that affects them.
I cannot avoid the fact that to a degree my family needs me;
Even if it is only as a silent example as to what I believe –
And what my expectations of them are to be.

To those I work with in furthering God’s kingdom,
There is a responsibility to them I still have.
They want from me – and I think they have the right –
To learn from the experiences I have to give.

To the assembly which over half a century ago,
Confidence in me and a commendation did give;
I still am accountable and for my lifetime will be.
It is needful for me to give what I have.

To those who the Lord saved when the Gospel I preached,
I still have obligations that I must fulfill.
I need to continue to support them and to instruct,
So their testimony where they live will continue on still.

Whether I understand it fully or not, I know it is true.
I cannot take the view, “I have nothing to contribute.”
I am responsible to God to show in all life’s ways –
What I have learned; the example of Christ to imitate.

“I know I am not done Father, otherwise I would be in heaven. Until I am taken to heaven, I would like to pass on what I have learned about Thee, Thy ways, Thy Word and Thy work. I need Thee to lead and guide me in every step of the way. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.”

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