Why Are We Still Here?
Why would God leave Christians on earth during the last days? For the same good reasons he has always left his people here.
We Christians are God’s representatives on earth. We conduct his kingdom business, spread the gospel to unbelievers, express his love and grace to hurting people, exercise spiritual authority against evil, and serve as the light of the world. These are our responsibilities – rather, our privileges – as kingdom representatives and we can do them, but only as we rely on him to work through us.
He also leaves us here for our benefit, as strange as that may seem. We can grow spiritually, become increasingly like him, learn to apply his kingdom principles effectively, participate in what he’s doing, and increase our reward by selflessly serving him and others in his behalf.
Yes, we eagerly look forward to the moment he gathers us out of this corrupt and decaying world. But we can be even more eager to please him and anticipate hearing him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” May that, rather than fear, be our motivation.