|Too Good To Be True?|
|When does salvation come? When we look to Christ. When we embrace him as Savior. Astonishingly simple, isnít it? Claim the great promise of John 3:16: ďGod loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son so that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but have eternal life.Ē
God, the Lover. God, the Giver. God, the Savior.
And man, the believer. And for those who believe, he has promised a new birth.
But despite the simplicity, there are still those who donít believe. They donít trust the promise. They canít imagine how God could forgive their sins. Itís almost too good to be true.
If only they would try. If only the would test it. But God is as polite as he is passionate. He never forces his way in. The choice is theirs.
And for those who do come, he has promised a new birth.
Does that mean the old nature will never rear its ugly head? Does that mean you will instantly be able to resist any temptation?
To answer that question, compare your new birth in Christ to a newborn baby. Can a newborn walk? Can he feed himself? Can he sing or read or speak? No, not yet. But someday he will.
It takes time to grow. But is the parent in the delievery room ashamed of the baby? Is the mom embarrassed that the infant canít spell...that the baby canít walk...that the newborn canít give a speech?
Of course not. The parents arenít ashamed; they are proud. They know that growth will come with time. So does God. ďGod is being patient with you. he does not want anyone to be lost, but he wnats all people to change their hearts and lives (2 Peter 3:9).
God is often more patient with us than we are with ourselves. We assume That if we fall, we arenít born again. If we stumble, then we arenít truly converted. If we have the old desires, then we must not be a new creation.
Please remember: ďGod began doing a good work in you, and I am sure he will continue it until it is finished when Jesus Christ comes againĒ (Philippians 1:6)
In many ways, your new birth in Christ is like your first; In your new birth, God provides what you need and someone else does the work. And just as parents are patient with their newborn, so God is patient with you. But there is one difference. The first time you had no choice about being born; this time you do. The power is Godís. The effort is Godís. The pain is Godís.
But the choice is yours.
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