“Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation.” 2 Peter 3:15.
I’m blown away by the fact that Jesus waited thirty years for me to quit ignoring Him. Thirty years! Even though I know that it takes ten to fifteen seconds for small children to process what we’ve just told them, I don’t like to wait thirty seconds for my kids to obey me.
We often complain about all the evil in the world. Atheists demand that the God they don’t believe in do something to fix the sorry state of our planet. Well, He is doing something, one soul at a time. Every day, thousands of souls are becoming citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven. In my last post I showed, or rather Jesus showed that the state of the world is exactly the way He expects it to be, right up until the Day of Judgement.
Christians and enemies of Jesus living and growing side by side.
Crimes and compassion;
Love and larceny;
Evil and superhuman efforts to heal the wounds that evil causes
Day in and day out - souls are lost and souls are saved.
We are living in the age of grace when the doors of heaven are wide open to anyone who wants to know love, and forgiveness and freedom from guilt.
The world WILL get fixed. Evil WILL be banished from the Kingdom forever. But not now. Not yet.
Now is the time of God’s favour. Today is the day of salvation.
Jesus didn’t say Go into all the world and fix it. He said, “Go into all the world and make disciples of people in all the nations.” That is not ignoring the plight of our civilization. If any improvements are to be made, they will be made as improvements are made to the souls of mankind.
The Lord is patient, slow to anger and abounding in grace. As Peter said a little earlier, “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.”
This is what God is like. He is patient with His enemies so that every last person who can, will be brought into heaven before the deadline.
No one is going to be left who did not want to be left.