This is the one eternal purpose that is only for this time… and this is where I want to get back to the importance of story and this is where I want to get back to keeping watch and being ready.
The only thing that is keeping Christ from returning, is the fullness of time… when the full number of people come into his kingdom. This is the only thing we can’t do for eternity and so that’s why we make it a priority in this life.
Paul told Philemon
I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.
What is part of the every good thing we have in Christ? HEAVEN.
One of the reasons we’re not excited about heaven is because we are not actively sharing our faith. One of the reasons we are not actively sharing our faith is because we are not excited about heaven.[Tweet “We can’t do evangelism in heaven. @revtrev”]
Another reason why we don’t share our faith is that we’ve been shamed into doing it and it hasn’t gone well. Bill Johnson says “without power, the gospel is not good news” and he follows it up with “we owe people an encounter with the love and power of God”.
When we bring Heaven to earth, God’s will is done on earth as it is in heaven. Is there sickness in heaven? No. So we know it’s not God’s will for people to be sick on earth and we can pray with faith and see them heal.[Tweet “We can only heal the sick this side of heaven. @revtrev”]
In fact, Christ sent his disciples out and told them to “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons and raise the dead”. (Matthew 10:8) Then when He commissioned His disciples he told them to make disciples “teaching them to obey everything I’ve commanded you.” (Matthew 28:20). That has to include healing the sick, cleansing the lepers, casting out demons and raising the dead.