When we comprehend how central the Gospel is to God’s eternal plan, we will understand the importance of evangelizing the world around us. We will understand not only are we to have faith for our salation but faith for the salvation of those around us.
“The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:1 9).
It is love that motivated the incarnation of Christ. It is love that drove him to the cross to die for the sins of the world. And it is love that causes God to wait that more sinners might be saved. This God who was willing to suffer and die for all, is now unwilling that any not be brought into the salvation he has won. This is the patient love of God. He is stubborn about the salvation of sinners. He will not be rushed even if his name is mocked, and the trustworthiness of his promises are called into question. God will vindicate himself on the day the great thief returns.