When it comes to immediate family, there are good times… and there are difficult times. But, in the end we know that we are still family… we are still blood. And nothing can take that away. No matter how much we might argue, we will defend each other against outsiders at all costs. Then, turn right around, and pick up the differences where we left off. But as family, we will always be there for each other.
Then, one day, one of the members of the family passes. What then?
I may have a couple of extended family members that I don’t see eye to eye with. But, in the long run, we know that each of us are Christians and will spend eternity together not caring at all about whatever has bothered us. However, not everyone is fortunate to have a family of believers.
I have a friend who is on fire for the Lord. She has a brother whom she loves greatly! In their thirties, they still do a great deal with each other. The brother is married to a wonderful woman that also loves the Lord. One problem… the brother does not have the time for “religion.” It’s “just not his thing.” Of course, it just breaks my friend’s heart… someone she loves so much… well, you get the picture. We all know someone that we hope will turn to accept the Truth. But, what do we do until that time?
2 Peter 3:9 says The Lord is not slow concerning His promise, as some count slowness. But He is patient with us, because He does not want any to perish, but all to come to repentance.
In John 6:44, Jesus says “No man can come to Me, except the Father that sent Me draw him: and I will raise him up in the last day.”
God doesn’t want ANY to perish, but to repent. However, He is not going to force us. We have to make that decision ourselves. He draws us to Him by His Holy Spirit BECAUSE He loves us. Without that drawing, we cannot come to Him. But God is so patient that He keeps drawing us to Him, giving us chance after chance to turn to Him and accept that we are sinners and need Jesus. But, someday it will be too late. Not all will accept Him and be with Him for eternity. If that were the case, Jesus death on the cross for our sins would have been for nought. How many sins does it take to make a sinner? Only one.
Agree in prayer with me that the ears of my friend’s brother will soon be open to not just hearing the Holy Spirit drawing him to Christ, but to also understand the urgency of it. And not just him, but ALL who wait.