“The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
Acts 2:39 (NIV)
People outside Canada may be surprised to know that not every Canadian plays hockey. In fact, only 4.4% of people over the age of 16 played hockey in 2010. In other words, only 4 people out of 100 actually play our beloved game, and hockey is not even the first sport adults choose to partake in – far more adult Canadians play golf and softball. When Canada is playing in the Olympic gold medal game, however, everyone in Canada is a hockey fan!
I love how excited new Christians are about their new relationship with Jesus Christ. I once had the joy of leading an older man to the Lord, and he immediately fell in love with God’s Word, and read the Bible voraciously. Every Sunday after church, he would meet me with his Bible open, point to a verse he had discovered that week and ask, “Is this promise for me?” I would assure him that it was and he would happily be on his way, assured of God’s love for him. When the apostle Peter was preaching His day of Pentecost message, he gave a promise to everyone who was listening – Jew and Gentile alike. When we repent and put our faith in Jesus Christ, we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. It is His presence in us through which we experience all the blessings that belong to those who love Jesus – starting with the gift of salvation and going on into eternity. Acts 2:39 says “The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off – for all whom the Lord our God will call.” What a blessing to know that the promise of eternal life is for you.
These have been words from the heart.