Often we would hear the phrase
"The Best of Both Worlds"
and I believe today's verse for memorization Philippians 1:21 is the best example we can possibly have of that phrase.
While we live on earth in fellowship with Jesus we are in the best relationship there is for us.
We have the joy of our sins forgiven and peace with God.
We know His steadfast Love and His new mercies each day.
We experience His guidance and wisdom every step of the way.
We live with no fear of death because Christ has overcome it.
We are truly Blessed.
Because as Paul says in verse 6
Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ
When we die we will still be in fellowship with Jesus but have the joy to see Him face to face.
We will live forever with The Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We will know perfection in all things.
We will live a new life that cannot be described now because no-one can fully understand it now.
We are truly blessed to have such a future.
Sometimes people talk only of looking to what is to come, that perfect life in Heaven.
But I think this verse wants to draw our attention to both lives so that we do not dwell on only what is to come but also on how we live with Jesus today.
We have Christ now today so let's "make the best of both Lives" and make today count for Jesus as Paul says in verse 27
that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel
Although Paul longed for Heaven in verses 24-25 we see he recognized that he had a role to play on earth to help others