God wants everyone to be saved. As a child of his, I want what he wants. God not only wants everyone to be saved, but he works to this end. As a child of his, I work because God works.
Jesus did not come to condemn, but to save people. (The world already stood condemned.) He sends me out into the world to save people. As his follower, I see each person as a soul in need of forgiveness.
God is perfect in his love. He demands that I, as a child of his, be perfect in love as well. He wants his love to extend to all people.
Jesus speaks a true word that saves. He sends me to speak his same word. As his follower, I am ready at all times to offer to others the opportunity to hear, believe, and obey his word.
So like the Lord Jesus Christ, we say:
So he told them, “My Father is working until now, and I too am working” Jn 5.17.
As a long-term investment in our health and work, Vicki and I let few things interfere with our thrice-weekly workouts. But a few things are more important. Such as a baptism. Yesterday, I baptized a couple we had been studying with, and they chose the best time for the two of them, at 4:30 pm—on his day off, and right after she got off from work, still early enough in the day so that the water was bearable. (It’s wintertime here, and the baptism was done in an outdoor pool.) That caused us to miss our workout, and we were happy to miss it. To help someone move from a state of lostness to receive salvation in Christ is of all things the most important.
“So I am willing to endure anything if it will bring salvation and eternal glory in Christ Jesus to those God has chosen” 2 Tim 2.10 NLT.
In the Pisidian Antioch synagogue, where Jews of the city met together, Paul and Barnabas preached Jesus and concluded with a warning:
“Watch out, then, that what is spoken about by the prophets does not happen to you:
‘Look, you scoffers; be amazed and perish!
For I am doing a work in your days,
a work you would never believe, even if someone tells you’” Acts 13.40-41
What mercy! One of the privileged few:
The world transformed the day Christ entered
My barren life, created anew;
Around the Lord all life is centered,
In him is Yes, the promise kept;
By rousing, robust grace I’m mentored
To share the news, to walk where he stepped.
READ: “Nevertheless, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names stand written in heaven” Lk 10.20.
THINK: The saint rejoices in eternal salvation and in his participation in the sufferings of Christ, Mt 5.10-12; Acts 5.41; Heb 10.34; 1 Pet 4.13. Joy overrides circumstances. Trials are reason for joy, Jas 1.2-4. It is contagious, Rom 12.15. With so many reminders in the Bible, it seems that we easily forget our joy. Heavenly joy over repentance ought to be our joy also, Lk 15. Continue reading →