Thus says the Lord, “As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one says, ‘Do not destroy it, for there is benefit in it,’ so I will act on behalf of My servants in order not to destroy all of them.” – Isaiah 65:8
As it is often the work of a painter or sculptor to see art in a blank canvas or an uncut stone, we who serve the Lord Jesus Christ must be able to see what God could do with someone who the world might consider beyond redemption.
The nation of Israel gave God more than enough reason to wrathfully destroy them, but as Isaiah (God’s prophet) communicated (above) that Yahweh’s grace would prevail. As the person who runs a vineyard is in the business of drawing new wine from what appear to be ruined clusters, God can redeem any person’s life for the sake of His glory.
We must let this truth direct our efforts in reaching out to all those that many might “write off” as beyond the hope of salvation. No matter the location, religion, ideology, lifestyle, or opposition, Jesus has the power to save, renew, and redirect for His purpose. As long as there is physical life within, there is the potential for regeneration from without.
Jesus Christ did not come into this world to make bad people good; he came into this world to make dead people live. – Lee Strobel