Excuse making is an old business, as old as the human race, and yet as modern as electric washing machines and beauty parlors. It began in the Garden of Eden and continues to this day. It has well been called the first lie of childhood and the last of old age.
Now, to become a Christian means to receive pardon for your sins, peace in your mind and heart, and power in your life – power to live a godly and victorious life. All these wonderful blessings are offered.
These things being true, why are you not a Christian?
“I DON’T UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE”
Perhaps you reply, “I don’t understand the Bible.” But you do understand enough of it to be saved. You know it plainly tells us where we came from and where we are going, what we need on the journey of life and how to get it. It clearly reveals what we all know by experience to be true, that we are each sinners by nature and by choice and, therefore, need a Saviour, and that that Saviour is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ. (Read Romans 3:23; 6:23; Acts 4:12.)
Perhaps this illustration will help: “I see a bee buzzing around a flower and decide to have a talk with him. ‘Do you know the names of the different parts of this flower?’ ‘No,’ he replies, ‘I don’t.’ ‘Then why do you come buzzing around it so eagerly?’ ‘Because there is sweetness in it which satisfies me.’ Similarly, you may not understand all that is contained in God’s wonderful Book, but if you will just obey its message, trusting the Saviour it reveals, you will discover “there is a sweetness” that will satisfy your soul for time and eternity.
“TOO MUCH TO GIVE UP”
“But,” you say, “to become a Christian, there is too much to give up.” Let’s be perfectly honest: There is something to give up, and something to take up. The drunkard must give up his liquor and take up a sober life; the gambler must give up his gambling and take up an industrious life; the libertine must give up his impurity and take up a righteous life; the selfish man must give up his selfishness and take up a generous life. But these things to be given up are the very things that ruin and destroy you – body, mind, and soul.
On the other hand, just consider what you receive when you become a Christian: the favor of God, the approval of a good conscience, eternal life, and the blessed assurance of being saved in this world and in the world to come. And friend, remember this, that “no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly” Psalm 84:11 “The sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” Romans 8:18
“HYPOCRITES IN THE CHURCH”
It may be you will say, “There are hypocrites in the church.” Yes, I suppose there are. There are certainly hypocrites in the world, and that means there are hypocrites in lodges, clubs, business organizations, and everywhere else. But that doesn’t mean that you refuse to eat or work or associate with people in shops or factories because there are hypocrites there.
But say, friend, aren’t there any good people in the churches, those who are faithful to the Lord and his way of life? What of Christian mothers? Surely you will agree there are many who live faithful Christian lives. Then why not emulate their example and follow their ways instead of selecting some unworthy person who doesn’t live up to his profession?
And please remember this terrible truth: All hypocrites are going to hell. The Bible plainly teaches this. (Read Matthew 23:14-15, 33.) It would certainly be better to spend a few years with a few hypocrites upon the earth than to spend eternity in hell with all of them!
But anyway we can never be saved by the badness of others, only by the goodness of God. “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us” Titus 3:5. And, dear friend, honestly face the solemn fact, “Everyone of us shall give account of himself to God” Romans 14:12. So don’t look to others, good or bad, but to the Lord, in whom alone is salvation.
“I CAN’T HOLD OUT”
“I am afraid I can’t hold out !” You certainly cannot! Neither can anyone else. The world, the flesh, and the devil are too strong for us, alone and unaided. But, bless His precious name, Christ can hold us up so we can hold out and hold on through His divine strength. He “is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy” Jude 24. Our great Saviour doesn’t leave us when He lifts us. He stays with us, and by us. Yes, He lives within us, and He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. And He is able to save to the uttermost.
However, nearly everyone who is not a Christian intends to become a Christian “sometime.” No doubt you have said or thought the same thing many times. But it is the devil’s lullaby. A Roman governor whose conscience was aroused by a sermon the apostle Paul preached said, “Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.” So he said no to God, although he thought he was only saying no to a preacher. It is indeed a solemn and serious matter for you to say “Sometime” when God says “Today”.
O, my friend, you have already waited long enough; yes, too long. Life is passing, time is fleeting, the grave is opening, and the righteous judgment of God is at hand. By your beating heart, by your throbbing pulse, I plead with you to throw off this delay, this indecision. Cast away all of these vain and useless excuses and turn unto the Lord with all your heart while He may be found. Accept his gracious invitation: “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon” Isaiah 55:7.