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A Radical Choice
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The gospel presents a radical choice between two worlds. It's the kingdom of God OR the world, God OR the devil, heaven OR hell. There's absolutely no middle ground, no way to have one without turning your back on the other. To have Christ is to reject the world and to fall down before Him, not just as Savior, but also as Lord.

Conviction destroys trust in self in order that trust may be returned to our Creator where it rightfully belongs. All of our strength and ability can only produce corruption and so we learn that henceforth our hope lies in His limitless strength and utter faithfulness. The ground of our hearts is plowed up and weeded and God reveals concerning His Son that, "he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them." Hebrews 7:25. We're divinely enabled to believe in Him. It's God's loving gift to those who humble themselves when He deals with their hearts.

Our Heavenly Father paid a price to save us that we will never fully comprehend. No one was more dear, more precious to God than His Son. And yet, to open heaven's door to us, "wicked, vile, rebels that we are", He poured out all the wrath, the anger, the hatred, the fury of His holy nature against that very beloved Son. Why? Not because there was any sin in Him but because He stood in our place and bore our sins. God held nothing back that was needful and that's why Romans 8:32 says, "He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all --- how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?"

Cost Everything!

This great salvation is, in one sense, given to us. We can't earn it nor do we deserve it. Yet in another sense, it costs us everything, our sins, our very life. In Matthew 13:44-45 Jesus gave us the parable of a merchant seeking fine pearls. He discovered one of great value, sold everything he had, and bought it. That's the value of this heavenly kingdom. It's worth everything. When we're enabled by God's grace to catch even a glimpse of "that kingdom" (which is present, right now!) this world loses its beauty, its allure.

Nothing's more important than serving God and being part of "the world to come". As missionary martyr Jim Elliott said, "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose."

Salvation is by faith: "for...everyone who believes." Romans 1:16. Faith is a gift of God. Ephesians 2:8-10. So how does God give that precious gift to those whose hearts have been prepared? Romans 10:17 tells us that "faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ." Faith comes, not by looking inside and "trying," but rather by looking to God, hearing the glorious words of hope and promise that He Who cannot lie sows like a seed in a plowed heart. He makes Himself known to us by His Word, impregnated by His very life, ministered through those He has called and sent as messengers. In that life is the very power of God for the salvation of all who believe.

There's so very much more that could be said of the gospel---and yet it's in its essence, so simple that even a child can grasp it. What about you? Have you entered into salvation? Have you discovered the "pearl of great value" and "sold everything" to possess it? Which world are you living for? If what I've written has disturbed you or left you in doubt what should you do? If there's in you any inclination, any desire towards God I would counsel you to seek Him with all your heart. Cry out to Him to reveal Himself to you, to help you. Don't give up. Will He hear you? Jeremiah 29:13 says, "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." Hebrews 11:6 says, "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him." Remember, this is God's word and is given to encourage any who would seek Him. And if there's such a desire in your heart, God put it there. You would never desire Him on your own. He put it there seeking a response from you.

It's not my job to tell you that you're saved. That's God's job. It's between you and Him. Romans 8:16. He will meet with you through His Word if your heart is willing. When He's revealed to you the reality of what it means that you're a lost sinner, and also that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners, there will come a time when you must act upon the Word He has revealed to you. You must step out in faith and confess Jesus as Savior and Lord, committing your soul into His keeping for time and eternity. Remember the words of Paul: "I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day." 2 Timothy 1:12.


When that time comes don't hesitate or draw back. Hebrews 10:38 says, "But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him." 2 Corinthians 6:2 says, "I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation." Now is when God says, "Now." It's when He deals with the heart, pressing the claims of the gospel upon it.

To say "No" at such a time is to risk everything.

To say, "Not now" is just as risky. To say "Not now" is to say, "I'd rather live in my sins awhile longer. I'm not through enjoying them yet. I would really rather go on in sin, but my conscience is bothering me, and I need to say something to make it stop." To say, "Not now" is to say, "Let me first go and scourge your Son some more, pound in a few more nails, spit on Him, mock Him some more." How do you know that "later" will come? How do you know He will ever deal with you again? If He doesn't, then "you're lost". You say, "He wouldn't do that." Oh yes, He would. John 6:44 says, "No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him...." John 12:35-36 says, "...Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. The man who walks in the dark doesn't know where he's going. Put your trust in the light while you have it, so that you may become sons of light." If you've experienced what I've been talking about, then there's something on the inside that rejoices in the truth. If not, then, I pray that you'll be one of those who walks "while you have the light." A great darkness is "falling over planet earth". God's "last call" is sounding forth and time's running out.