The Heart of God – Part 1
“[God] wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:4 NIV)
What is God’s heart? In his first New Testament letter to his young co-laborer Timothy, the apostle Paul gave us a hint. He said that God wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:3-4). That means all people! Any church that has a target audience of a certain age group rather than all people, is misrepresenting God. The same goes for any church that wants only one race of people or one economic class of people. That’s a terrible misrepresentation of God’s heart. He doesn’t want anyone to perish, the Bible says (2 Peter 3:9). We see that in Jesus’ parables of the lost coin, the lost sheep, and the lost son; and it’s reflected in the last thing that Jesus said to his disciples.
Now, usually, the last thing a person says before leaving this earth is pretty significant; and the command that Jesus gave his disciples before he ascended to heaven was no different. He said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every person.” This means that the main reason we’re here on this earth is not to worship God, even though we are to worship God. We’re not here to study the Word (although that’s important too); nor are we here for the purpose of singing in a choir. Actually, when we’re in heaven, we will be able to do all those things; but one thing we won’t be able to do is obey the Great Commission that Jesus gave us to share the good news with everyone. What Jesus is saying to us today is, “Go and tell them, because that’s your main job. That’s why I left you here on earth!”
How are we responding to what the Lord is telling us?
To be continued…
Read 1 Timothy 2:1-7.