I don't know about you, but there are times when I've wondered why in the world God decided to keep me living in this broken world. Wouldn't it be so much better if we had just disappeared into eternity the moment God saved us? Sometimes I wish that was the biblical reality of salvation.
But that's not what God had in mind. You and I are left here for a reason. And it's not because God has forgotten about us. It's not because God enjoys seeing us suffer difficulty. It's not because God is cold, calloused, and uncaring.
I could make many arguments for why we're still here, but I only want to focus on one reason today: influence. Exercising influence is one of the most important reasons that you're living where you are, right here, right now.