2 Peter 3:9
9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
While we know that the Lord choses who will be saved we also know that God does not will anyone to damnation. God desires that all be saved. This truth is this: the reason we talk about the Lord in the public square, in the market, in our neighborhoods, and around the world is that God desires to save sinners. God’s desire to save the lost is the reason we send out missionaries and take missions trips. It is the reason that we send money to missionaries, since we cannot go we support those who do. God’s desire to save the lost is the reason for Christian radio and TV. (At least it should be.)
We know that God does not take pleasure in the death of the wicked but that the wicked should repent and turn to Him. Ezekiel 33:11 So, whom does God wish to eternally damn away from Himself? If God in love sent His Son to show the world His love, is there anyone that God wants to miss that message? Which of God’s creation does God not want to hear of His love and know of His grace?
As you look around yourself and see hoards of teeming people, see them from God’s view. I live in a part of town that has a major road closed for four days. All of the secondary roads and neighborhood roads are packed. What are they filled with? Cars, yes, but people going somewhere. They are busy or they would not go out when traffic is so bad. What do they need? They think they need more money or more health or more friends or a better situation. What they need first and foremost is the Savior. Let’s ask the Lord how we can show people Jesus. How can we show them His love and His message of justification? If God desires them to hear and to be saved then we must shoulder the responsibility of giving them the love and the Word.
If God is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance then we must share His desire.
As we seek the Lord for His leading and for His power in our church, we must expect spiritual battles to ensue. This weekend was a weekend of spiritual battles. I wish I could tell you that they all ended well. Some are still in process and we are praying for the Lord to do in people’s lives what only He can do.
We had a wonderful time at Ben and Anna’s wedding shower yesterday. It was fun to have Steven and Caleb there running the games and having fun as brothers. At the end of the day, Ben and Anna were overwhelmed by the outpouring of love for them. They felt quite unworthy not thinking that they had given out near as much love as they had received. Bobbi did a great job putting it together and I thank her for all of her labor of love. Thanks to all who came and made it a great day for Ben and Anna. They truly do look forward to their wedding, now nineteen days away. It is a joy to see their hearts for each other and their hearts for God.
Have a great day in the Lord, PS