2 Corinthians 5:7-9
7 • for we walk by faith, not by sight.
8 Yes, we are of good courage,
• and we would rather be away from the body
and at home with the Lord.
9 • So whether we are at home or away,
we make it our aim to please him.
We are encouraged to look forward to heaven through faith in Christ and are confirmed in our courage as we do so. We have a longing to be gone from here for no other reason than that we might be with him, where he is.
That being said, whether we are here or there is neither here nor there when it comes to fulfilling the desire we also have to please him rather than ourselves [Philippians 1:23f.]