The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9
Our gracious God desires all to know Christ through repentance, forgiveness, faith, and a lifetime of loving intimacy. Jesus came the first time to earth as our Savior. Before He was crucified, He promised that He would prepare a place for us in His Father’s house and that He will come back and take us to be with Him that we also may be where He is. (John 14:2-3)
Christ will come again as our judge. However, our heavenly Father’s who is patient and merciful delays His son’s return. Jesus waits, so the unredeemed have time to believe and become sons and daughters of the Almighty. God’s will is salvation in Jesus and not an eternity in hell apart from Him. Like the door to Noah’s Ark eventually closed, so the opportunity to trust Christ is slowly slipping away for many. The flood waters, meaning death will one day drown us. Will we be ready? Salvation and safety can only be found in our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. “The LORD is compassionate and gracious; slow to anger, abounding in love” (Psalm 103:8). Yes, the Lord’s patient love invites us to repent, trust and not perish but He also says that even though He abounds in love and forgives sin and rebellion; yet He does not leave the guilty unpunished. (Numbers 14:18)
Yes, we still have time to warn others of the judgment to come. Some will mock, others will act indifferent, but a few will find refuge in Jesus. Most will “show contempt for the riches of His kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance.” (Romans 2:4)
Billions of people who have done religious things, “prayed the sinners prayer”, given money, served in churches will be eternally lost; because, they have never made Jesus Christ the Lord of their life.
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” (Proverbs 14:12)
There are true and false Disciples as we here Jesus say: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’” (Mathew 7:21-23)
The patience of our heavenly Father is the model for us to follow. We are surrounded by a sea of those who need salvation. They are drowning in their sin. By offering them the life preserver of faith, hope and love for Jesus we can rescue the perishing. A life preserver however is useless unless it is thrown into the waters and reached for by those who are drowning.
It should be our fervent daily prayer to ask the Father to convict the lost through the Holy Spirit. And that He would give us His wisdom to lead those He places in our paths, so we can teach them from Scripture how to receive salvation through the saving blood of Christ. Once saved, we help them to grow in their faith and in the knowledge of what the Bible teaches, so they can live a fruitful life for the Lord. God loves us and does not want anyone to perish. Jesus showed love throughout His ministry but He also knew those who would and would not follow Him.
One day as He was speaking of the Pharisees He said: “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.” (Matthew 15:8-9)
And He continued: “Leave them; they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.” (Matthew 15:14)
Even though God wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4). Jesus said: “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots.” (Matthew 15:13)
It is the hope of our Father that none should perish so we thank Him for His patience and continue obeying our Lords command which He left with us before ascending into heaven.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)