St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church
God our Savior desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
1 Timothy 2:3-4
Whether we realize it or not, a great deal of our life is spent in real or perceived competition. In childhood, we want to be chosen in games and chosen to be a friend to others. In high school, we want to be high in class rankings. We want to be accepted at a fine college or get a good job. If we compete in sports, we want to be on the winning team or to beat our competitors. When we work, we want good reviews, promotions, and raises. Today’s verse reminds us that God isn’t holding auditions, and we don’t have to compete to win a place in his kingdom.
He wants all of us – every one of us, even the people we don’t like or think well of – to know him, to understand the truth of his love, and to come to him in this life and the next. There are no losers in God’s all-encompassing love; no one who is left out, unless he or she wants to remain at a distance from God. Even then, God waits and hopes that we will turn to him. He “desires everyone to be saved.”
©Carol Dean Henn, 2017