It's Not Biblical!

Every once in awhile you will hear someone talking and they will say something to the effect of, "I just waiting for the Lord to return so I can get out of here!."

While we are all looking forward to that day where we will spend eternity in heaven with Jesus, this type of mindset is not a biblical one.

Notice what Jesus prayed in John 17:15,

"I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil."

If it were the goal of Jesus to just get us out of here then He could just take us once we were born again. However, He didn't pray that we would be taken out of the world. He prayed that we would be kept while we were in the world.

We are God's plan for this earth and without us God's plan will not be fulfilled. God not only needs us here, but He wants us to be engaged in fulfilling His purpose, completing His plan, so that all might know who He is.

We can actually play a part in keeping God's purposes from being fulfilled. If our focus is on ourselves then we are not going to be focused on what He needs for us to do. The great end of the story is that we will one day be in heaven out of all the gunk that is in this world, but until that time let us be about God's business!

The Apostle Paul said something interesting in Acts 20:24. He said that none of the things that he had to face moved him because he did not count his life dear. I believe that this is a major problem in the subject area that I am writing about. We are too focused on "us." The reason we are so concerned about what "we" are going through is because "we" are the important point of interest in "our" universe. To fully understand what Jesus did for us brings a revelation that we are in debt to see that this gospel reaches other people.

As the day and times get more violent and problems increase, don't get an escape mentality. The time will come when we do escape, but until that time let's fulfill our purpose here and now.

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ThePastor 4 years ago from California Author

@Chrisinhawaii- thanks for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate it!


chrisinhawaii 4 years ago

I enjoyed your hub, Pastor. Thanks for reminding me to "be about my Father's business"...not that I'm sitting on a mountaintop waiting for Jesus. But you know, it's so easy to get focused on atuff that really doesn't matter in the long run. Thank you.

And Visalia? My mom actually grew up there. I visited the area a couple of times in the past few years...it's really been building up! Anyway, thanks again for your hubs.

Aloha!


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ithabise 5 years ago from Winston-Salem, NC

I tell folk all the time that Heaven is God's promise: we need not worry about it. Let's just be about his business while we're here. Thank you, Pastor :)


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ThePastor 5 years ago from California Author

@HOOWANTSTONO - Good observation. However, I think we are talking on two separate subjects. We obviously look to that day. We desire it, it is our reward, etc. But as verse one in the chapter you referenced states, "For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved..."

In other words, our motivation or driving force is our eternal reward which is far different then a "get out of here" mindset. The point of my HUB is that we have business to do here and while we are here our focus should be accomplishing the task at hand. The driving force that keeps us focused on what we need to do is that there is a better time coming.

Thanks for your contribution!


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HOOWANTSTONO 5 years ago

My response is not to be seen as contrary or argumentative. After reading your hub, it reminded me of Paul where he said that waiting for the coming of the Lord and wanting to be with the Lord is a response because we are in the Lord. Therefore it is a biblical response according to these verses.....

2Cr 5:6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:

2Cr 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

2Cr 5:9 Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.

2Cr 5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight:

Peace


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota

Excellent exhortational hub. Reading a book by Francis Chan called Forgotten God addressing a similar issue to search out our selfish motives that get in the way of our genuine love and service to God.


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ThePastor 5 years ago from California Author

Thanks GodTalk - a big amen!


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GodTalk 5 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan

Great Hub! I like the old adage: "We are not saved to sit, we are saved to serve." God has a plan for each of us and the reason we aren't in Heaven this moment is that He wants us to fulfill that plan. Thanks for taking the time to write this. God Bless.

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