Peter wrote,"The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance." (2 Peter 3:9)
Peter is speaking about the end of the age in this passage. He is addressing those scoffers who denied that Jesus would come again. He is giving an apologetic on why God had not sent His Son back yet. 2000 years later, it still holds true. Yes, God has a set time that this world will end - and we don't know when it will be. But, He is not hesitating from indecision. He is not dragging His feet. His heartfelt desire is that all of His created people would spend eternity with Him. Many choose to reject Him. Yet - he is patience. He is calling. He wants everyone to come in repentance. Will they? No. But He knows who will.
When we are dealing with those outside of the family, we do not know who will accept or who will reject the marvelous offer that God gives. Therefore, it is vital that we treat each as a possible future relative. Over the last few weeks we have been challenged to treat outsiders in such a way that they will want what we have.
Are these just words? Have they been read and discarded? Are you one who have taken these feeble attempts at describing a way of reaching those outside and attempted to apply them? I pray that you have read and taken steps to enlarge the family. I pray that we as Christians will seek to enlarge our family.
If you have time - go back and re-read these challenges. I am praying for you that these may help to change your world.
For Kingdom Education,