1. 19for I know that this will turnout for my deliverance through your prayers and the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
  2. 20according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but [that] with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.
    1. Here it is Paul’s highest desire.  Christ exalted
  3. 21For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 
    • One of those beautiful Pauline statements that I love so much
    • to live is Christ - to live is to give my life for His purpose here on earth and I love that
    • to die is to go be with Christ - I love that
  4. 22But if [I am] to live [on] in the flesh, this [will mean] fruitful laborfor me; and I do not know which to choose. 
    • Did God give him the choice? - that is entirely possible.
  5. 23But I am hard-pressed from both [directions], having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for [that] is very much better; 
    • He desires Heaven - honestly - he counts it better than this place:  Father teach me to love Heaven more than earth
      • is this what it looks like to store up treasure in Heaven - Jesus said that is where our heart would be - where our treasure is.
    • Heaven is desirable because it means being with Jesus
  6. 24yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake.
    • His care for his churches is so deep he would choose suffering and difficulty if it means their good.
  7. 25Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy in the faith,
    • for your progress and joy in the faith - that is a beautiful description what ministry is to be aiming for.
    • progress brought about by chopping down what stands in the way! - hacking through the undergrowth to make a path forward
    • joy in the faith - we cannot forget that it is the desire of the Lord that we have joy in the faith! - are we working for the joy of our people to be grounded in and flowing powerfully out of FAITH in Christ?
  8. 26so that your proud confidence in me may abound in Christ Jesus through my coming to you again.
    • your boast in me - not sure how I feel about that.
    • I know I desire this.  I want to be a mentor people are grateful for.