I had the good fortune last night of being able to preach a revival up in Yazoo county last night. I really do enjoy the chance to preach revivals; it’s always a joy to get to share the good news of Jesus with different churches, and it’s a joy to remind folks of just how much we that are Christians need to hear the good news again for ourselves.

And one of the things I always like to remind folks about when I preach revivals is this – who is God after? Who does God want to save? Who does God want to see come to saving faith? Who does God want to be in a relationship with?

Listen to what Peter preaches in Acts 2: 38-39:

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.”

800px-Globe.svgPeter says this – God wants folk that are near and far, all folks, all people, everyone, to be saved. God wants all people to come to know Him. God wants all people to be in a relationship with Him.

God wants to know everyone. And God wants everyone to know Him.

Me, you, the folks we like, the folks we don’t like. Everyone. God wants everyone to make that decision to follow Him as Lord.

Who does God love? Everyone.

And so, as His followers, that’s our calling as well. To love everyone. Even the folks that we don’t like. In fact, the folks we don’t like, they may be the ones that we need to love the most.

Because they need to hear the goodness of God’s love. And need the faithfulness of doing something that we don’t want to do. We need the faithfulness of doing something impossible. Because when we do that, we actually have to trust and fully lean on God.

And then He does amazing things through us and in us.

Today, who does God want to be in relationship with? Everyone. Today, may we do that very thing in our lives.

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