“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:1-4
We don’t get to choose who goes to heaven and who does not. There are no doubt some folks that we have known that we’re sure are headed for hell and are beyond hope, but no one is beyond the reach of God. A sinner is a sinner. What makes you think you were any better in God’s eyes then the one you show distain for now? We must pray for all people; even those we dislike, even those who kill others in the name of God, even hateful, vile people who have wreaked havoc on our lives. You see, God doesn’t see people the way we do. We see them thru eyes of prejudice, pain and perceived notions. God sees them thru eyes of love and mercy. We are to pray for our government leaders. We may not care for their policies or the stance they take on various issues, but God can change the heart of any man. So we pray.
Those who refuse to bow to the leadership and guidance of the Lord will be dealt with in His good time. That is not our concern. Our concern is to live a life that imitates Christ as best we can thru the power of the Holy Spirit that is within us. Our concern is to lead folks to God. Our concern is to pray for those who know the Lord and don’t know Him as well.
It has never been God’s will that any would perish without knowing the truth He reveals in His word. No one is forced to live for God, but that opportunity does certainly exist for any and all who would seek it. Remember, we are Christ’s ambassadors; therefore, we must consciously act out our faith each day as a means of revealing the hope of God to all we encounter each day. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
NOTE: The NEW LIVING TRANSLATION was used in today’s posting. It has been published by Tyndale House.