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May 29 – A call to evangelism 

“And count the patience of our Lord as salvation.” – 2 Peter 3:15a  

Scripture reading: Matthew 28:16-20

In relation to the return of Christ, we have already seen that He will not return until the full number of His elect have come to faith in Christ. What this means is that if God had decided to just be done with it and send Christ back in 1925, none of us would have been born and none of us would have gotten to enjoy eternal life!

But salvation is not just about our coming to faith, it also includes sanctification, as we saw earlier. The patience of God gives us time to grow in godliness, to become more and more like Jesus (Romans 8:29), to experience more of His equipping grace and power.

But this reality has implications also for evangelism. As was just said, Christ will not return until the last of those whom God has chosen to salvation come to faith and He has accomplished all that He has planned and purposed for them. Well, Christ has not come back yet, which means …? That there are more out there who must still come to faith. And how do sinners come to faith? Romans 10:17 tells us: “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” This is a task that belongs to all of us. What a wonderful and powerful encouragement to share the gospel with others – maybe they are one whom the Lord will bring to salvation through your sharing of the gospel!

Suggestions for prayer

Pray for courage and eagerness to tell others the good news of salvation in Christ, that comes through repentance and faith.

Rev. Andre Holtslag is a graduate of Mid-America Reformed Seminary in Dyer, Indiana (2007). At the present time he serves the Reformed Church of Avondale, which is in the city of Auckland, New Zealand, and is one of the Reformed Churches in New Zealand (RCNZ). Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. This devotional is made available by the Nearer To God Devotional team, who also make available in print, for purchase, at

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