The verse which is the focus of today’s study is: ‘My  prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.’ (John 17:15)

In the first month after my conversion, my main hope was to be immediately taken to heaven, having had a glimpse of how wonderful it will be to be in the presence of Jesus. Now, many years later, I can understand why we are left in this fallen world; as Selwyn correctly puts it: ‘ … who would preach the gospel? Who would represent Christ’s cause? And who would act as salt and light in the world?’

Are you torn between wanting to go home and staying here to continue Jesus’ mission for the glory of our Father?