Why We Are Still On Earth

It is because God has a purpose for us on earth. Jesus even prayed for that for His disciples while He was still on the earth. And He very likely prays that for us now that He is at the right hand of the Father. Both Jesus and the Holy Spirit pray for us. Can you imagine the Father not answering the prayers of Jesus AND the Holy Spirit? Unthinkable!! What a delightful truth!!

John 17:15. I pray not that Thou shouldst take them out of the world.

Romans 8:27: And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. 34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

We will be unsatisfied with our lives until we find His purpose for them and we will be satisfied when we do find it and when we get into it. It is not my job to judge individuals but when they complain, it seems likely that they are not in His will and they are therefore unfulfilled. Have you found His purpose for your life and are you fulfilling it?

Deuteronomy 5:16: Honour thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. 33 Ye shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess. 6:3 Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey. 18 And thou shalt do that which is right and good in the sight of the LORD: that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest go in and possess the good land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers,

Ephesians 6:1: Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 2 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) 3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

Charles Haddon devotional on John 17:15. I pray not that Thou shouldst take them out of the world.

It is a sweet and blessed event which will occur to all believers in God*s own time-the going home to be with Jesus. In a few more years the Lord*s soldiers, who are now fighting *the good fight of faith* will have done with conflict, and have entered into the joy of their Lord. But although Christ prays that His people may eventually be with Him where He is, He does not ask that they may be taken at once away from this world to heaven. He wishes them to stay here. Yet how frequently does the wearied pilgrim put up the prayer, *O that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away and be at rest;* but Christ does not pray like that, He leaves us in His Father*s hands, until, like shocks of corn fully ripe, we shall each be gathered into our Master*s garner. Jesus does not plead for our instant removal by death, for to abide in the flesh is needful for others if not profitable for ourselves. He asks that we may be kept from evil, but He never asks for us to be admitted to the inheritance in glory till we are of full age. Christians often want to die when they have any trouble. Ask them why, and they tell you, *Because we would be with the Lord.* We fear it is not so much because they are longing to be with the Lord, as because they desire to get rid of their troubles; else they would feel the same wish to die at other times when not under the pressure of trial. They want to go home, not so much for the Saviour*s company, as to be at rest. Now it is quite right to desire to depart if we can do it in the same spirit that Paul did, because to be with Christ is far better, but the wish to escape from trouble is a selfish one. Rather let your care and wish be to glorify God by your life here as long as He pleases, even though it be in the midst of toil, and conflict, and suffering, and leave Him to say when *it is enough.*

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