The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, but is patient toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. – 2 Peter 3:9
Sometimes I wonder if we who call ourselves Christians really believe the Bible. In no way am I getting on to “y’all out there,” I’m certainly speaking for myself. We know that the Bible speaks of a place called Hell. It is a place where every unrepentant, Christ-rejecting person goes. There is a wide road that takes you there and most people on this planet are on it. If a person goes to Hell, they are there forever. Once a person arrives there, there are no more chances.
This verse says that God is not willing for anybody to perish in Hell. Now, if we are supposed to be full of the same Spirit that comes from God Himself . . . why are we so willing that people should perish? I’ve even heard Christians just casually say that another person will wind up in hell. I’ve even said it myself.
Here is the thing: That should bother us! There is no way we should be able to say stuff like that without our heart absolutely being broken and finding a place to be alone so that we could hit our knees and pray for God to intervene. It’s like we are just content with things going on as normal. Don’t we want to see the lost saved en masse? I do. Before I leave this planet, I want to see something equivalent to the Great Awakening of the early 1700’s, or the second one in the early 1800’s. It is 2019 . . . it is time for another one!
Are we willing to pray for this? People won’t be convinced or cajoled into Heaven. Only the conviction of God can prompt people to truly repent and turn from their sin. I’m not talking about just mumbling some prayer; I’m talking about intercessory prayer. I’m talking about fasting. So far, I will fast for my own family and things that matter to me, but I haven’t gone there for the lost souls I’m surrounded with on a daily basis. If I’m honest, those souls don’t really matter to me like they should.
We can no longer be about “my church” or “my family,” We’ve got to join in this thing together. Prayer is the key. We must pray as individuals in the closet, we must pray as families, and we must get together with other believers to pray out loud. We must ask the Lord to break our hearts for what breaks His. He is not willing that any should perish.
Why are we?