A while ago at the county jail we had an interesting discussion. One I’ve had many times. It was, “How does one become a Christian.” Different folks had different answers based on the different traditions from which they came. After they all had their say (and believe me, they did!) I told them this story.
Four guys were having an argument on how one becomes a Christian. The first guy said, “You must go to church. If you attend church regularly then you’re a Christian” The second guy said, “You must be baptized. The Scripture says, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved.”” While the third guy said, “Man has a free will and God requires him to use it. You must make a decision to believe in Christ as your personal savior.” Finally, the fourth guy said, “You are all wrong! If you go and stand in a garage, does going into a garage make you a car? Of course not! If you walk through a car wash, does that make you a car? It makes you all wet but it certainly doesn’t make you a car. If, with your supposed free will, make a decision and tell the world that you are a car does that make you a car? It may get you a ride to the local asylum but you are still not a car. The only way a car can be a car is if the Manufacturer creates him or better said, recreates him as a car. There is nothing the car can do! John 1:12-13 “But as many as received Him, to them He gave them the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”"
I know my little story is not a perfect representation of the salvation only God can give but the point is nevertheless true. If you are upset with me; I’m sorry! I truly am and believe me when I say I’m very used to apologizing. ☺ May I humbly suggest you read Ephesians 1 and 1 Peter 1. Both of these chapters are wonderful in showing us how it isn’t up to us, or a pastor, or some kind of act, (albeit beautiful in the proper context) but always and only of the Lord. He had you, brother/sister, in mind from the “get go!” Actually, he had you in mind from before the “get go” . So if you are, in fact, a car (and you will know it!) go spend some time in a garage, get yourself a wash and a wax. Then make a decision to go and tell all the other rusted heaps of scrap just what the Manufacturer has done for you and can do for them! Sorry for the sermon….
In His Strength and For His Glory!
Scott M. Aussprung