Several years ago, I had a very good boss where I work. She was professional, congenial, and honest. She was a cradle Roman Catholic, having been raised in that cult and believing it to be the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. I never once told her the truth about her cult. Yet I prayed for her – to see the light, to have wisdom in business decisions – and told her I was praying for her. I gave her written and spoken encouragement and exhortations from Scripture. She was always gracious and thankful, but never showed one iota of being born again.
Then she was diagnosed with breast cancer and left work for many months, with treatment and recuperation. While at home, a neighbor called occasionally, to bring a meal and so forth – and to witness Christ to her.
When she finally came back to work, my boss excitedly called me to conference to announce with a huge smile that split her face open – she was a baby Christian! I asked what she meant and she told me that while in her bed those many months, she began to read the Bible and ponder the things her neighbor and I had told her. She told me that the Roman cult discouraged their folk from reading the Bible! She told me that the Bible contained many wonderful truths about our savior that the cult of Rome never taught. She said that she didn’t know why the Lord had waited until she was 51 to save her, but she was sure that the blood of Christ – shed one time – covered her sins and wanted to know what Bible to buy and how to study it.
She left the Roman church, devoured the Bible, joined an evangelical church, and began to witness to her family.
Then she died of the cancer.
Brothers and sisters – we know not who the elect are. We are commanded to proclaim Christ to spiritually dead people everywhere, trusting God to save those He has chosen. He will do His job – even we do not. But, having faith in God, we ought to be more than willing to join in on the eternally glorious task of serving God in this manner.
Do not analyze who is likely to be saved. Neither you nor I were likely candidates. Have faith in God – He will keep His promises.