God Wants All, But Not All Want God

Written by Joe Dardano

We live in a culture where a younger generation think that fairness should be exercised in all matters. If children play in sports and one team wins the game, everyone gets a medal. Adults want to protect the self-esteem of children by not recognizing outstanding performance when given. Parents’ interference in children activities in school in early development to control outcomes and awards has its consequences. If you condition a child that they will get a medal no matter how they perform, their efforts are rendered meaningless. The human will, however, is personal and we cannot say that all people desire the same things. Some people want various things more than others. Depending on personality, some people love to pursue wealth and work tirelessly. Others love to play music or the visual arts. Then others prefer sports over everything else, depending on God-given ability and desire. Desire and innate abilities distinguishes people from each other, even in matters of faith. Through reading the Bible we can conclude that God loves all people and wants everyone to be saved. But not everyone loves God and chooses Salvation in Jesus Christ. The Parable of the Wedding Banquet (Matthew 22: 1-14) where one person failed to put on their wedding robe is an excellent example. God invited people to the wedding banquet, but many did not want to attend. Finally God compelled his servants to open the invitation to anyone, gathering all the people they could find. The wedding hall was filled with guests but one was found without his wedding robe and therefore was tossed out into the darkness. This seems cruel on the outset but has significance when looking at the human will. God extends His hand of friendship to us, wanting us to eat with Jesus Christ at the Banquet Table of Salvation, but the invitation needs to be fully accepted by each person. Everyone needs to accept God’s love, forgive others who harmed them, live with an attitude of charity, and giving to others in self-less love. People need to carry their crosses, put love before hate, give to the poor, and practice personal holiness is all aspects of their lives. If they refuse to walk in the Kingdom of God in this way, they neglect to put on the wedding garment. That neglect is not the falling down in performance or falling short of perfection, but refusal to repent and believing that one is self-righteous in all matters of personal conduct, not needing reproval or instruction.

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Joe Dardano

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