Workers in the Harvest

" "On earth as it is in heaven"; that is our number one prayer. We should not pray for the rapture. We should not pray for retreat. We should not pray for rescue. We should pray for revolution. Every time we pray for God to take us out of the world, we are praying the wrong prayer. Instead, we should pray for Heaven to come to Earth - for His Garden to spread until it fills the planet." God's Big Idea - Myles Monroe
We spend an awful lot of time teaching Christians how to get ready to go. I think we need to spend more time teaching Christians how to stay. I believe in the rapture of the Church and I'm ready for it anytime God is and I understand Christians getting fed up with all the evil and suffering that's going on down here. I understand the longing to go home to be with Jesus and we should certainly continue preaching about Heaven and the hope of eternity with God. But, Jesus taught us to pray that God's Kingdom would come to Earth and that His will would be done here just as it is done there!
God's plan for us is more than just salvation. If it was God's whole plan to just save us, He would have saved us and then killed us! Why did He leave us here even after He saved us?; to affect this world for Him! We are ambassadors for Christ! We are change agents! We are salt and light and leaven! We are here to preserve morality and goodness, to expel the darkness that blinds people to the truth and to permeate this world system and transform it by our presence! We shouldn't be praying to go; we should be praying for His Kingdom to come!
When the Romans conquered a country, they didn't ravage it and take all it's people back to Rome to be enslaved. They sent a few good Romans into that country to mix in with the locals and teach them how to be Romans. They taught the conquered people how to be Roman just by living among them as good Romans. They taught by example! We should be teaching people how to be Christians by living here among them as good Christians! We are their example!
I have those days just like you do when I would hop on the next bus to Heaven if that were possible. But I would be doing a disservice to my fellow man and to my God if I did that. There is work to do and we're the only ones who can do it! God is counting on us! Jesus sent his Holy Spirit to empower us to spread the good news of the Kingdom of God. There is no plan B!  Luke 10:2 says "So He instructed them, "The harvest is vast, but the workers are few. So ask the Lord of the harvest to send workers out into his harvest.".

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