"Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you. And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith; that your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again." (Philippians 1:24-26)
In Christ's gospel, Paul found the liberty to live and serve others as needed. Yes, he did desire to see Jesus more than anything; however, the present need of the church required his physical presence for at least a few more years. In this, he was at rest. Not only does the gospel give the believer liberty in life and death, it also gives him liberty to serve others as long as God's will would have it so.
The purpose of Paul's continuance cannot be overlooked. He desired the spiritual furtherance of his brethren. He desired to see them grow in faith toward Jesus Christ. This, in turn, would bring joy into their lives. The selflessness of this desire on Paul's part is quite conspicuous. The believer has not been left here to serve himself; he has been left to serve others. His purpose in life is to encourage others toward a relationship and fellowship with God. If a Christian is not doing this with his life, he will experience emptiness and discontentment.
Paul's ultimate goal was that Christ be glorified in the spirits of His people. Paul was not trying to further these people for any selfish reason and neither was he trying to inappropriately exalt himself. He wanted the rejoicing of his Philippian brethren to be centered in Christ. Every Christian's goal should be the glory of his Savior. A man can be driven by many different motives. He may encourage others out of a desire to be praised. Feeling good about one's own actions may lead a person to minister. Many different motives can empower an individual's service; however, the only motive that will stand at the judgment seat of Christ is the motive to glorify the King.
Having expressed a desire for growth and a desire for understanding of the gospel's proclamation and liberty, the Holy Spirit now transitions into a desire for steadfastness on the part of His people.