9th March 2012
The Kingdom Is Greater Than We Think
“Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?”
Christianity is on the decline in Western Europe. Statistics show both a rise in secularism and in other faiths. Around the world there is a similar pattern in many countries. Even where there is increased interest in the Christian message, churches and denominations vie with each other as to which has the real gospel of Christ.
What does all this mean? Is God’s plan so weak or so complicated that only a few will be saved? This was also a pressing question at the time of Christ’s ministry. After all, the influence of Judaism had diminished, and paganism was spreading rapidly.
Jesus’ response to this question was two-fold. In the first place, he said, attend to your own situation. We need to go beyond just being familiar with Jesus. We need to have a closer bond with him. We need to confess and express the grace.
Secondly, God is not limited by our preconceptions. We might think that only people of whom we approve will be saved. Expect, however, the unexpected. It is God, not us, who decides. Don’t presume to think that we can know who will and who will not be saved. “People will come from east and west and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God” (13:29). Salvation’s reach is much greater than we think.
Just because Christianity is struggling does not mean that God is losing control in some way. Let’s embrace a deeper personal relationship with Jesus, and be assured that God will accomplish his purpose for humanity.
God’s abundance of grace will surprise us.
Father, you are greater than I realize, and your plans for our future are far beyond what I may think and what I may imagine.
In Jesus’ name.
Study by James Henderson