What is Your Response to the Gospel?
That’s Not For Me
One day it happened. It rained so hard that no one showed up for church, except the troublesome man. The pastor was so excited. Today the man would know that the message was for him and he would hopefully respond accordingly. The pastor began preaching with great enthusiasm against all of the shortcomings of the man. As the man left the church that day, he said to the pastor, “Oh, pastor! If they had been here, you would have really told them today.”
Many times people allow the preaching (of the gospel) to go over their heads and hit their neighbor instead. Our response is, “This is for someone else. It is not for me!” But, the gospel is for YOU!
Don’t call me! I’ll call you!
Almost Persuaded Means Not Persuaded
“King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets?… Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.” (Acts 26:27-28) Agrippa claimed to be “almost” persuaded. Some other words or phrases for “almost” are “nearly, not quite, just about, on the edge of, close to.” However, “almost” is not good enough. We must be both “almost and altogether” (Acts 26:29) persuaded just like Paul. “To almost become a Christian is to remain a sinner.”
To almost be clean is to be dirty.
To almost believe is to doubt.
To almost tell the truth is to lie.
To almost win is to lose.
To almost be right is to be wrong.
To almost be straight is to be crooked.
To almost be saved is to be lost.
That’s For Me! Now is the Right Time!
“Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? (Acts 2:37) (This is one of the important questions in Acts.)
You Be Saved?
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. (Acts 2:38)