Have you ever considered how much audacity it takes to be a Christian?  Think about it.  All other religions require people to do something to earn their forever in paradise.  All we have to do is accept and genuinely believe that Christ is our Savior and you’ve got your “golden ticket”.  That’s it.  Doesn’t matter when or where this decision and prayer happen, simply that it does.

I struggle with the fact that it seems too simple.  All my life, I’ve been taught that anything worth having is worth working hard to get.  So you can see where my brain has difficulty comprehending the “once and done” nature of salvation.  I tend to relate much more easily to the “constant re-birth” school of thought, though that still doesn’t answer all of the “what-ifs” that come so naturally to my mind.

What if we don’t pray “THE prayer” “the right way”?  What if we really screw up?  What if we, at some point in our lives, reject Jesus as Savior?  Sure you can always come back, but what happens in the meantime? 

Interesting that as I type these questions, various biblical truths come to mind almost instantly.  First, God knows what’s going on in our hearts, and He knows it better than we ever could.  Consider the following examples from scripture:

  • “For God knows the secrets of the heart.” – Psalm 44:21
  • “You discern my thoughts from afar…Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it altogether.” – Psalm 139:2
  • “And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, ‘Why do you question these things in your hearts?’” – Spoken by Jesus to the Pharisees in Mark 2:8
  • “And they prayed and said, ‘You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen.’” – Acts 1:24

In answer to “What if we really screw up?” and “What if we, at some point in our lives, reject Jesus as Savior?  Sure you can always come back, but what happens in the meantime?”  Consider the parables of the lost sheep, the lost coin and the lost son.  All of these can be found in the Gospel of Mark and pretty clearly illustrate what happens.  God puts out the search for you.  Once He finds you (or you decide to return) He rolls out the red carpet and has a party in your honor.  Reassuring stuff to say the least.

It is interesting to note that I started writing this, my questions were genuine.  The weren’t just put out there so that I could supply the “Sunday school” answers to softball questions.  I’ve been mulling them over in my head within the context of life in our very much less than perfect world. 

The answers that I reference are what came into my mind as I was drafting the outline of questions.  Answers that came as clearly and certainly as if I were having a conversation with someone.  Except, that conversation was entirely silent and in my head… or was it really my heart?


~ by pe2nia1 on April 7, 2011.

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