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From: Forthright Magazine <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2007 13:48:24 -0500
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Straight to the Cross


COLUMN: Square One

Why Wait to Become a Christian?
by  Richard Mansel

Untold numbers of people know they need to become
Christians and have not done so yet. People
implore them to act decisively. Nevertheless,
their feet remain rooted in indecision.

Becoming a Christian is the greatest thing a human
being can ever do. Nothing even comes close.
Attaining the Presidency, winning the Super Bowl
or the World Cup, pales in comparison. These are
fleeting images crumbling to dust before the
majesty of eternal life.

Despite the glories of heaven, an end to pain,
suffering and heartache, people wait to put on
Christ in baptism (Revelation 21:1-7; Galatians
3:27). Unless we believe in Jesus, accept him as
the Messiah, repent of our sins, confess him as
the Lord of our lives and be immersed in the
waters of baptism, rising to live a life committed
to Christ, we cannot be saved (Hebrews 11:7; Luke
13:3-5; Romans 10:9,10; Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16;
Revelation 2:10).    

"It is appointed unto man once to die and after
this the judgment" (Hebrews 9:27). Wealth, fame,
obscurity, allegiance, name, and nobility are
powerless to alter the relentless march to death.
Everyone meets the same end, whether king or
pauper. Death is no respecter of persons.

No matter our plans, death appears whenever it
desires. "For what is your life? It is even a
vapor that appears for a little time and then
vanishes away" (James 4:14). As the morning sun
rises, the dew sets, regardless of the
expectations, dreams, and pleas of the dew. They
are immaterial.  

An aged man finds the dilapidated house in the
woods that served as the family home. Decades
before, he left this patch of woods for a new life
in the city. Smitten by nostalgia, he roams the
grounds. Seeing rusted metal peeking out of a hole
in the vines in the corner of the barn, he finds
what is left of a hammer he bought with his
allowance decades ago. Shortly after the purchase,
a beloved uncle had given him some tools and the
hammer slipped his mind. A lifetime later, the
hammer waits for the boy. Its purpose in life was
wasted as other excitements drew his attention
away.

Failing to become a Christian is to waste our
lives. "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole
matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, [f]or
this is man's all" (Ecclesiastes 12:13). Our lives
cannot attain its purpose while waiting to become
a Christian.

Ultimately, while we are waiting to become a
Christian, we are still spiritually lost.
Intentions do not matter. "The road to hell is
paved with good intentions." A modern version is,
"why do today what you can put off until
tomorrow?" The longer we wait, the greater our
chances of dying lost. Each time we are a driver
or passenger in a car, enter a place of business
or walk down the street, or sleep in our own beds,
we could meet with an accident or be a victim of
violent crime. Since death stalks us daily,
procrastination is deadly.

We must remember that Satan wants us to avoid
becoming a Christian, and he will use whatever
methods available to him to accomplish this goal
(Ephesians 6:10-13).

Procrastination allows the person to think they
are showing allegiance to God. However, Satan is
using it against us to accomplish his goals with a
minimum of effort. As long as we wait, we remain
under the power of Satan. Why would we want to do
that? What does his heaven look like?

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