Who Can Be Saved

Matthew 19:24-26
And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.  When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?  But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

There are as many different salvation experiences as there are believers in Christ.  There are many different circumstances where people come to know Jesus as their Savior.  Jesus is the only way of salvation, but everyone takes a different path to get to a place where they understand their need and are willing to call upon the Lord and be saved.  For some, it’s just a harder path, but there is no person on Earth who is beyond the reach of God’s power and mercy.  There is no one who is impossible for Him to save.

Often, it can be beyond the scope of what we think can happen.  It may sometimes take a miracle, but God can perform miracles.  It may take something unexpected, but God’s good at that, too.  It may take years and years of a loved one’s prayers, but God hears every single one of them.  It may take the piercing, dividing power of the Word of God or a gentle nudge from the still small voice. But with God, it’s not impossible.  If it were up to men, so many things would be hopeless.  But since it is not up to man, there is great hope for salvation, for changed lives, for growth, for something totally amazing to happen right before our eyes.

Maybe we can look back on our own salvation experience and understand that sometimes a lot of different factors have to work together in our lives for us to get to that moment of repentance.  But God has a hand in each one of them.  All along the way, He puts us in different circumstances and sends people to influence us and exposes us to His truth and His love.  And He’s not going to give up.  He’s constantly working toward that mission of seeking and saving the lost.  And often He uses us to have an impact on those around us.

So let’s not give up on anyone or write them off or think that they will never be saved.  Let’s believe God for those impossible things.  Let’s pray for lost people who need to receive that precious gift of salvation and continue to faithfully proclaim the truth of Christ to the world around us.  It is never up to us to decide who can and can’t be saved or who should or shouldn’t be.  God’s desire is for all to be saved, so may our desire be the same.  And let us trust the amazing power of God’s Word and His Spirit to accomplish that work in even the most seemingly impossible cases.

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