Do you wonder if you can be saved? Do you know someone who thinks they cannot be saved? Do you think there are people in this world who cannot be saved? Do you know who God is? Do you know He is all-powerful and capable to doing whatever He pleases?
There is no doubt there are people in this world who do some horrible things. There is no doubt there are people who willingly and purposely disobey God. We may know some of those people. We may see them in the news. We may experience them at some point in our lives.
Yet, God can save anyone no matter what they have done. The person in question must turn their heart to God. They must repent of their wrongdoings. When they do, God is willing and able to save them from their past and grant them a future of glory.
The Apostle Paul was once a persecutor of those who followed Jesus. He stood by while Stephen was stoned to death. He was carrying permission/orders to persecute more followers of Christ in Damascus when he was confronted by Jesus Himself and turned from his wrong ways. Jesus saved Saul and made him a mighty preacher of the gospel.
With this in mind, we must know that God can save the worst person we can think of. He can turn that person into someone who proclaims the good news in a mighty way. There is no one we can think of who is outside of God’s power.
How can we help in turning these people to God? The first thing we need to do is pray for them. The next thing, if we are able to meet with them, is tell them the good news. Explain to them what Jesus has done for them. Tell them they can be saved from a wretched life and live an abundant life in Jesus. Express to them the glory God has for them for eternity.
Paul gives us an example, himself, to show us what is possible. He wanted Timothy, who had grown up a devout Jew, having learned the Scriptures from his mother and grandmother, to know that God can save anyone. He wants us to know the same is as true today as it was then.
I pray we all spend time in prayer for those who are lost. I pray we tell others about Jesus. I pray each one of us take every opportunity to tell the good news and pray for those we long to be saved. Pray for those who oppose God. Pray for friends. Pray for family. Tell others about Jesus. Tell others of God’s saving grace. Tell them about the glory that awaits them.
1 Timothy 1:15-16 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.