Taking that next step
Many people argue, 'I do believe in Christ. I believe in the Church, and I
believe in the Bible. Isn’t that enough?' Don’t my beliefs, my knowledge
and my desire carry enough weight to be found acceptable in the eyes of
God? I can answer these questions with one word: No! It’s not enough for
us to possess knowledge. It’s not enough for us to simply believe: (Even
the demons fear God after believing He exists and tremble! James 2: 19)
Desire is good, but desire in and of itself is not enough for us to inherit
eternal life. Each of these aspects is good; they’re all essential and vital,
but we also must RECEIVE Christ; we must RECEIVE the indwelling of
the Holy Spirit by taking Christ on in baptism. Allow me, if you would, to
share an illustration. I may go to the airport. I have a reservation; I have
a ticket in my pocket. The plane is on the ramp. It is a huge plane capable
of carrying numerous passengers to various places all around the world.
I am certain that it has the ability to take me to my destination. They call
the flight number three times and yet, I choose not to get on board. They
close the door. The plane taxis down the runway and takes off, but I have
not boarded the plane. Why? I 'believed' in the plane, I knew the plane was
there; I knew the plane had the ability to get me to my destination; I had
a reservation; I had every opportunity to act upon what I knew was true,
but I neglected to get on board. We can believe in God, Christ, the Bible,
and the Church - but if we have neglected to actually connect with Him in
the waters of baptism to have our sins remitted we are still lost! If this is
where you are, your belief has been an end that has justified your means,
and you have not entrusted yourself to Him. If this is where you are, why
not take the opportunities presented to you today by giving your life to the
Lord Jesus Christ? Go ahead, take that step of faith and climb aboard!
Have a blessed day and remember the One who gave it to you! - Kevin
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Kevin Lough is the minister at the Whitehall Church of Christ in Fairmont WV.