Today I simply want to ask a question of all Christians and leave you with
a few scriptures to contemplate, as you work through the answer for yourself.
After salvation, why does God leave us in a sin-filled world and not simply
beam us up to heaven?
Matthew 28:16-20 (NASB)
But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the
mountain which Jesus had designated. 17 When they saw Him,
they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. 18 And Jesus
came up and spoke to them, saying, All authority has been given to
Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples
of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son
and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that
I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the
Acts 1:8 (NASB)
but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come
upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea
and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.
2 Timothy 1:6-7 (NASB)
For this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift
of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.
7 For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power
and love and discipline.