“And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”
Revelation 22:17 KJV
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Romans 10:13 KJV
I sure do love the Lord! One of the many things I love about Him is how inclusive He is.
His call has always, and will always be to the whosoever. :)
This means however, there will be people in Heaven whom perhaps many of us thought, “No way!”
Be encouraged, it’s time for another moment of truth...how many times have we caught ourselves thinking more highly of ourself than we ought to?
This can go both ways by the way. It looks something like this, “They have so much money, all those fancy clothes, and nice things, there’s no way they can be living for the Lord!” or “Did you see their house? Their clothes, they don’t even have a job, there’s no way they can be serving the Lord!”
There are SO many points of division that we use to divide ourselves, separating the “spiritually elite” from the “depraved of faith,” that it would take quite a long time to try and sort them all.
Listen, all I know is this: I once was lost, but now I’m found! I once was blind, but now I see!
I love how Paul worded it in 1 Timothy 1:15, “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.”
You see Paul understood something that we can all learn from, he understood the depravity of his own soul before his encounter with Jesus! He understood the grace of God!
The Good News is this, Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever still saves, still heals, still delivers, still sets and makes the captive free, still makes one whole, and His call is to the whosoever!
If He can meet a man named Saul on the road to Damascus, on his way to imprison Christians, and completely transform him from the inside out, don’t think for a moment He can’t or won’t do the same for the person whom you have in mind right now that perhaps you have been thinking, “They are beyond saving.” :)
Be encouraged today! The very people who come against you, that fight you the hardest at every turn are the very people whom God is working on the most! Why do you think they fight you so much? So don’t lose hope! You keep giving, loving, encouraging, sharing the Good News, being a light, and allow the Lord to do what He does best!
Listen fellow Christians, our job is not to expose dirt on people, fault-find our fellow believers, compare ourselves amongst ourselves, tell people how bad they are, speak the judgement of God over people’s lives, and so forth...
Our main job and priority should be showing people how Good God is, speaking words of encouragement, giving, sowing good seeds, lifting one another up!
There is so much darkness in the world, and just as God didn’t step out into the expanse of darkness in the Genesis account of creation and say, “Wow, it sure is dark,” we shouldn’t either! No, “He said let there be light!” So too we oughta do the same! :)
You will catch flak for doing so. People will call you names, perhaps even threaten you, belittle you, try and tear you down, but always remember you are in good company!
I leave you with this, the words of the very “whosoever” whom Jesus radically transformed on the road to Damascus!
“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took