When amid trials and tribulations, Christians can run one of two ways. In a moment’s time, we make the decision to lean on the cross or run to the heat. By the grace of God, the route that we choose does not have to be our final destination. Many times, I found myself wandering from the cross. Sin became the captain of a ship that I wish I would have never boarded.
From personal experience and an outsider’s view, I’ve realized that shame is its own battle when we go down that dark path. Think of the moment in Genesis when God called on man. Adam says “I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.” Was the man really hiding from the Lord because of his nakedness or because of his sin? How frightening is it to come to our pure, holy, heavenly, almighty Father when we feel dirty? I have a hunch that Adam was feeling how I felt, just before I found myself at the altar, after years of betraying my Savior.
People can make salvation hard. Churches might make salvation intimidating. Your friends might make salvation sound deceitful. Your past may tell you that salvation cannot save you. I am thankful that by the grace of God, Titus 3:3 says, “For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared. Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.”
We all come from somewhere and none of us were born into salvation. It doesn’t matter if your daddy is a preacher, your uncle is a deacon, and your mama plays the piano at the church. We all have been foolish and we all lived in sin until the Lord showed us his grace. There is absolutely no excuse for Christians feeling that they can pick and choose the people who the Lord can bring into His kingdom.
Today, I challenge you to encourage someone who is “different than you” to join the kingdom of God.