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Salvation of God

By Benjamin H. Liles

          Acts 7:2b-3 - "The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham while he was still in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran." The point is that God is interested in everyone, from dark skin, to light skin, and even olive colored skin; those in finance, computer tech, and even in the auto making industries.

         Stephen was using this to show the religious leaders that God calls anyone and everyone where they are at. He doesn't necessarily do it just in America, or even only in Israel. As we can see Stephen said that God's glory appeared to Abraham out of the Chaldean area of Mesopotamia. It means God is the Universal God of all. Yes, out of Abraham came Isaac and Ishamel, but the promise was to come from Isaac. He also spoke to Isaac as well, and then to Jacob who later had a name change to Israel (Jacob wrestled with an angel and from that he was called Israel).

         God doesn't just go after those of us who are His, He also goes after the one who truly needs Him. Which is why I love what Jesus spoke of in some of His parables: "What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!’ The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

          “But the father said to his servants, [f]‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry" (Luke 15:4-5, 8-9, 21-24).

          We, as God's Church, in these trying times need to discern where God is looking for the lost. He's not fully concerned or confined to a church building, or simply to America, or simply to Israel. God is interested in finding, "Those who are lost." And we ought to be also.

          It's why I'm using this from someone who works for Pocket Testament League who said this: "So often we do the same thing. We think that God is only at church, or only interested in Christians, or supports only an American agenda. God is as interested in your son or daughter's salvation as He is in the salvation of a drug dealer in Colombia, a prostitute in Paris, or a child with AIDS in Africa. God doesn't have boundaries and no one is a waste of time or effort for God." We need to be concerned and compassionate in the same that God is.

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