Feeling Selfish

Q. I feel that the rapture is coming very soon, and I am excited about that. This world is getting more corrupt daily. At the same time, I feel selfish for wanting to go home now. My longing for Christ feels selfish to all of the poor souls who will be left here. Certainly I am being convicted of my selfishness right? So I have been praying for God to show me where He wants me to be, mentally speaking, during this time.

A. The Lord promised a crown to those who long for His return (2 Tim 4:8).

The fact that you’re experiencing bad feelings for doing something He’s going to reward you for means your feelings aren’t coming from Him.  They are coming from the enemy whose trying to steal your joy.   You can tell this is true because there will be people left behind no matter when the Lord takes us.  Feeling bad about wanting to leave won’t change that.

You can defeat the enemy by applying Luke 19:13. In the King James it says, “Occupy till I come.”  Other translations say, “Engage in business till I come.”  The verse is out of a parable where before leaving on a journey, a man gave each of his servants an amount of money with which to conduct business on his behalf while he was gone.  He didn’t tell them what to do or how to do it, just to do something with what he had given them.

So it is with the Lord.  He has told us to engage in business on His behalf until He returns (Matt. 28:19-20).  Waiting for Him to show you where He wants you won’t work because He’s waiting for you to follow the orders He’s already given you.

Anything you can do to be of service in some form of ministry is where you belong.  Once He sees you taking action, He will guide you into the place that’s right for you.

Some of the best advice I’ve heard on getting started is to find a place where it’s obvious the Lord is already blessing the work and pitch in. Follow this advice and I guarantee you won’t feel selfish any longer.

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