As believers we have a tendency to make our faith into a country club, exclusive only to those found worthy enough to enter. I have watched many Christians make the process of salvation become a multi-step, graduate level course, instead of the simple statement, “Father, forgive me, I am a sinner in need of Your Grace.” No hoop jumping or fees required.
God is not partial to one people group, He calls us all to Him so we can have an intimate relationship with Him. Acts 10:34-35, 42-43 is clear, Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. . . He [Jesus] commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”
When we say that someone is not worthy of being saved, we act in God’s place and we are totally wrong. Remember when Peter saw the vision of the unclean animals in Acts? God was explicit about who was eligible to receive His great grace. Acts 11:9, 15, 18 describes this truth. “The voice spoke from heaven a second time, ‘Do not call anything impure that God has made clean’ (v.9) As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on them as he had come on us at the beginning (v. 15). In other words, everyone is eligible to receive God’s grace. Whether they are Jewish, Muslim, Atheist, Buddhist, male, female, on the left or the right.
With this in mind, we should respond as the Jews did in Acts 11:18, When they heard this, they had no further objections and praised God, saying, “So then, even to Gentiles God has granted repentance that leads to life.” The word Gentile simply means a person who is not Jewish. So, all of us are offered repentance- nothing keeps us from God- not our past, not our family lineage, who we hang out with, nothing. Only our choice to not come to Him. Let us be honest O Best Beloved, God isn’t keeping us from Him, we are staying away. God is not partial.
Romans 8:38-39 clearly says, For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Second Peter 3:9 shows God’s amazing patience for us as well, 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. When He could send the final judgment at any time, He chooses to wait a little longer.
Join me, Dear Ones, in sharing this impartial, amazing love and grace offered by the God we say we love and serve. Let us join with those who have gone before us to spread the Gospel to a lost and dying generation until He calls us home to Heaven.
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen (2 Peter 3:18).