Have You Ever Thought...?
‘Have You Ever Thought that Salvation was not available to you?... Let’s see what God and His Son Jesus have to say. This a question that many people have needed to consider throughout the ages. Is it possible that God would find your sin so egregious, that He wouldn’t consider extending Salvation and forgiveness to you?... that God could not forgive you for something you have done in the past?
Well, first of all, God can do whatever He like… remember, He’s God. And regarding satan, he really appreciates it when we humans question what God has said and what He’s thinking. Remember, God and Christ never lie about anything. The truth is that God has known from the very beginning, that all humans would fall short of His standards. At some time in our lives, we would all find ourselves in situations, where we commit a sin, that in our opinion, against a spouse, a family member, a friend, or someone you work with, that is so egregious, that GOD WOULD NOT CONSIDER forgiving us.
Frankly, Well, God’s own words DISAGREE. Actually, the Scriptures are replete with examples that clearly support God’s policy that there is ONLY ‘1 UNPARDONABLE SIN’… ‘BLASPHEMY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. Every other sin against man and even Christ can be forgiven. In John 3: 16, he states… ‘for God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, that WHOSOEVER should believe upon him, should not perish, but have everlasting life. Why would John say that, if Jesus wasn’t going to make Salvation available to everyone who wanted to repent, ask for forgiveness and become a Child-of-God… I CONTENT THAT HE WOULD NOT HAVE DONE THAT.
So regardless of how bad you think your sins are, once you repent and receive Christ as your Lord-and-Savior, you are now on the ‘Right Path’ to begin living a ‘Christ-centered Life’. And to reinforce their position, once a Believer is baptized, and receives God’s Holy Spirit into their hearts, they now have the ‘ultimate tutor’ to guide them on the narrow path that keeps them from making foolish decisions in the future.
Do you remember the transition that started to take place in your life, when the world started to lose its luster while living for Christ became more important to you? This metamorphous doesn’t happen overnight… it takes time; lots of time. As a comparison, think of how an infant or toddler spends their first few years; mom and dad need to spend time nourishing and caring for them. For a new Christian, the 1st few years are similar. Regardless of our age, when we receive Christ, we need to grow in the faith; to build confidence and character, and finally, one day we will be comfortable enough to share our faith with family, friends, and others that we meet. And as we grow in faith and understanding through the studying of God’s Word, we gain the confidence to teach others about the importance of living a ‘Christ-Centered Life’. I know from my own experience, it took me quite some time, before I developed the confidence and proficiency to understand what the Holy Spirit wanted me to teach… even how He wanted me to teach. And remember, exercising patience is an important key to living a Christian Life.
The Lord has each one of us on His Schedule. As we grow in Christ, we need to follow His timetable, not ours. Do not be in a hurry to learn everything all at once; each one of us has different issues that God will be dealing with; our character, our habits, our language… even how we relate with others in our life.