What kind of God would give His only begotten Son to die on a cruel Roman cross? One whose heart is that no person have to spend an eternity in a devil’s hell. The Bible says of the Father that He is one, “not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9. Again the Word of God says that He “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of truth.” 2 Timothy 3:4
What can fuel the fires of evangelism in the local church to compel men to tell God’s Story? What can ignite the flames of missionary passion in the church to go to the ends of the earth so that “every kindred, every tribe,” every people group might heart the Good News, Jesus saves? I believe that we must rediscover our Father’s heart. I do not claim to have all the answers to every nuance of the scripture. I do not know why Jesus loves me, or why He loves all the little children, red, yellow, black, and white. I do not know how to solve the mysteries of so many of the paradoxes of balancing truths in the Scriptures. What I know is that Jesus commands us to “Go and make disciples of every people group.” (Matt. 28:18-20) What I know without any shadow of doubt is that God’s Word promises that “whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Rom. 10:13. And yet the scripture quickly reminds us that it is impossible to call on someone that you have never heard of in the next verse.
Countless billions are still untold. Too many will slip into eternity today without ever hearing the Gospel. How can we sit in room controlled “worship centers” and proclaim our steadfast love for the Lord and allow our most serious thoughts to be “where will I go eat lunch after the sermon?” How can we spend more on pet food than on sharing the Gospel with a lost world? Why do we think that we are special enough to deserve God’s grace and that we have no responsibility to tell everyone?
I love the way Charles Spurgeon said it: “If sinners will be damned, at least let them leap to hell over our bodies. And if they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stay. If hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go there unwarned and unprayed for.”–C. H. Spurgeon
Jesus said that our Father’s heart can be seen in the story in Luke 15. “A certain Father had two sons . . .” Remember how the younger son insulted his father demanding his inheritance, now? He essentially said to his father, “I wish you were dead.” Then he squandered the wealth on wild and reckless living. He did every possible thing he could to cause his father not to love him. And yet the Father loved him and watched for him to return. When the son returned, He embraced him and restored him, and celebrated. We are too often like the elder brother. We too often receive our blessings from the hands of God as though they were entitlements of our special privilege. Oh that we would rediscover our Father’s heart.