We have different ways of categorizing people. We view each person in the light of their personality and we judge them accordingly. However, according to Biblical truth, we have gone way off track.
What comes to your mind when you think of all the people you met today?
What is your opinion of everyone who crossed your path in the last week, month or even year?
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” ~ Romans 1:16-17
It is God’s desire to see all men saved. This command requires love, and this love requires sacrifice.
Can we sacrifice what is necessary and love all men?
‘Yes… I can sacrifice for everyone except… so and so… ‘
Perhaps it is the teacher or lecturer that demands so much extra input from your studies, or the servant working under you in your home who keeps forgetting to do that which you have asked. Maybe it your inquisitive pre-teen child who is continually testing your patience to the absolute limits, or the unfriendly lady behind the counter at the home affairs office who seems to think that your urgent documentation is only good enough for extra filing.
Or… you might be thinking of your husband who seems to think that ‘time is of the essence’ and every minute counts for two, or the traffic officer who shunted you around in your innocence and gave you a heavy fine.
Perhaps you’d like to continue filling in the gaps as different faces come to your mind.
What happens in our heart when we come across seemingly difficult and tedious circumstances? What is our attitude towards others when things don’t go our way or we are not treated appropriately?
Can we still love? With Christ’s love?
God wants ALL men to be saved and He reveals Himself to ALL men. Did we fulfill Christ’s commission today by allowing God to reveal Himself to ALL men through us?
This is the challenge: God wants ALL men to be saved.
Do we truly and honestly desire for ALL men to be saved?
It depends where our hearts are.