If God loves us and wants to be with us, why can’t we just go to heaven now? Many people have asked this question and actually wondered why we must stay on earth. I would like to share some truths with you that may help you to understand.
Looking once again at the maniac of the Gadarenes, we find that Jesus miraculously enters his life. For the purposes of our illustration, this is equivalent of revival. When Jesus enters this man’s life, Jesus rescues him from his condition. Immediately, the man wants to go with Him. We find in Luke 8:38-39 that Jesus tells him rather, "return to thine own house, and shew how great things God hath done unto thee." Just like this man, we are called to tell others of how much Christ had done for us.
Paul provides the perfect example in Philippians 1:23. Paul says, "For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:" In this verse Paul says that he wants to go to be with Jesus, but in the very next verse he says, "Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you." In essence, Paul says that he wants to be with Jesus, but he will stay and minister to God’s people because that is God’s will for him.
I would like to challenge you, share what Christ has done with others. God has a reason for keeping you on earth. He wants you to help others glorify Him also. May we all do as the man of the Gadarenes did, "And he went his way, and published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him." This man offered his life as a testimony for all, to teach them that Christ’s power can change lives.
Are you sharing how Christ has changed yours?
"I thought it good to shew the signs and wonders that the high God hath wrought toward me." – Daniel 4:2