Sometimes seekers say, "You're a Christian. Life must be simpler for you." When I hear that I want to say, "Are you crazy?" That couldn't be further from the truth!
The Christian life is difficult, and if you are a seeker who searches for a quick way out of your problems, this isn't the place for you.
The Christian life is hard. Jesus said it this way...
And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:27)
A cross was a Roman torture device, not just a mode of capital punishment. No one ever had a single problem removed because he had his hands and feet nailed to a cross. On the contrary the cross heaped many more upon him!
But, since you as a seeker have come to this page, it's obvious you're willing to take that chance. You're ready to take the "challenge of the cross." You're in the right place then.
Although the cross won't remove your life problems, it does fix one problem you cannot fix yourself, one that is inestimably greater than all your other problems combined.
What is that problem?
Very simply, it's the problem of sin.
In Romans 3:23 the Bible says...
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.
What does that mean?
1. You're a sinner, because "all have sinned." That includes you. How many sins does it take to make you a sinner? Just one. Have you ever lied, even once? You are a liar then. Have you ever wanted so much something someone else had, you couldn't even look at them? You have displayed covetousness. Sin once, and you're a sinner.
2. You've missed Heaven. The verse says "all...come short of the glory of God." That means you, and there's nothing you can do to fix that.
You may say, "That leaves me with no hope."
True, from this verse it seems hopless for the seeker. But let's look at another that may help you better understand the point. Romans 6:23 says...
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Once again, we see that sin leads to death. That punishment includes an eternity in Hell, a place of torment. But it also means eternal separation from God. But there's more here, isn't there? The verse clearly states God gives "the gift" of eternal life through Jesus.
Notice this isn't multiple choice. The only way is Jesus. Also notice the price tag...
...for you it's free, a gift!
Salvation is free for you to take. But it wasn't free for God. He sacrificed His own perfect Son to pay a debt of sin we never could.
What a deal! You had your debt paid by Jesus!
What's the catch? There is none. We don't have to do anything. Salvation is free for the taking.
I like to put it this way. Salvation is...
God's grace + our faith + nothing = salvation (Ephesians 2:8,9.)
Now, don't get the wrong picture here. I didn't say salvation is difficult. I only said the Christian life isn't a bed of roses. Salvation itself is actually quite simple.
Acts 16:31 gives us the simple message of salvation very clearly...
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.
Simple, right? Abosolutely!
Believe on Jesus Christ. But notice the word before His name. The word is "Lord." This is why I say the Christian life isn't easy. You must submit yourselve to a new master. The Christian life isn't total freedom. It's freedom in Christ. He is the new master. He is Lord of the believer.
Was it worth it for me to give up total freedom to believe in Christ?
That's the thing. I didn't give up any freedom. Everyone serves someone.
"I don't," you might say. "I'm my own person!"
Let me ask a question...
Do you pay taxes?
Yes? Then you serve the government.
Do you work a nine-to-five job?
Then you serve your boss.
We all serve someone.
Spiritually, it's the same. Right now, you serve your sinful desires. You are a sinner, therefore you are enslaved to sin.
...coming to Christ only means you've changed masters.
You serve someone. At the end of today, who will it be? It is my prayer for you that you will make the decision to trust Christ as your Savior. He is the way, the truth, the life (John 14:6.)
If you want to believe pray this prayer...
I understand that I am a sinner. My sin has seperated me from a relationship with God. I want that relationship today. Forgive me of my sins and save me. I want you as my master. I want to be made new and serve you. I want a relationship with you. I want a new life in you. Save me, Lord, and make me yours.
If you have truly believed, you are part of the family of God. You're no longer a seeker. You're a child of God.
How does it feel to be a "former seeker" then?
Remember: Feelings don't always tell the truth. God's Word is more important to you now as a believer than when you were only a seeker. Depend on the Bible and prayer as sources of strength.
Tell everyone about the decision you made. Christ has freed you from the power of sin and death (Romans 8:2.) And remember...
If the Son [Jesus] therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. (John 8:36)
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