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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.