Verse of the day.
I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.
To the believer in Christ, the world as we know it is a challenging place to live in, for as he daily lives out the life of Christ, he finds himself living a life so opposed to the world’s ideals and most prevalent systems. It is therefore commonplace to find believers who ask why God doesn’t take one from the earth once saved. “Why do I have to stay and go through all this suffering?” they ask.
These questions, we find, are often asked in response to the distress the believer experiences in daily living in a system which totally contradicts that required of Christ. It also tells of how little the believer’s comfort in the Holy Ghost outweighs the distress caused by his challenges.
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The believer’s experience is not alien to Jesus. In fact, it is His will that we remain in the world as we read in His prayer to the Father that we are not taken out of the world but that we are kept in it, away from the evil one.
Salvation is not the end result of God’s work in us, it is only the starting point.
The words of Jesus and our assurance that it is His will for us to remain in the world reshapes our understanding of why we remain. While we are here, He prays for us to be kept from the evil one which is to be kept unspotted from the world and its systems which influences everyone outside of Christ. This enables us to grow further into God, and thus helps us walk the earth as living sacrifices and as lights dispelling the darkness and leading others to Him.
The believer’s experience is not alien to Jesus. In fact, it is His will that we remain in the world as we read in His prayer to the Father that we are not taken out of the world but that we are kept in it, away from the evil one.Click To Tweet
I am not overwhelmed by the challenges of this present world. Being kept from the evil one by the power of Your will, I shine a light for all to see and be drawn to You.
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