Every soul knows it needs a Savior. Every single person knows what is true. There will be no ignorance in hell. How do I know? Well, many ways.
For one, the Bible tells me that everyone makes a choice. In order to make a choice, you have to know that there is one true God and decide not to choose Him but to choose yourself instead. You have to know there is a tree in the garden that isn’t for you in order to choose not to eat from it but to eat from what is for you instead.
In another instance, I can witness little children barely able to talk, look at a picture of Jesus and excitedly exclaim; “Jesus!!” as they point to Him. Sure, their parents have told them who He is but you can’t teach the admiration and excitement you see bursting from their eyes and face as their soul recognizes its Creator.
The Word says in John 20:29; “blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” The Word also says in Jeremiah 17:5; “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the LORD.” That verse might as well say “cursed is the one who sees and doesn’t believe.” This is a person who has seen the goodness of God in their life but doesn’t believe it is from Him. It is very possible for one to believe half a truth but not the whole. I am here to tell you that if you only believe Christ died on the cross but refuse to believe and trust in the strength and goodness of God in your life then you are not believing a whole truth and leaving yourself wide open to being deceived.
Many years ago I proclaimed Christ as my Savior. I knew what He had done on the cross. I knew He had done something huge. I had been taught that and I believed and accepted it as truth. But that huge act didn’t do what I needed done. Yes, I know how that sounds but as God showed Elijah through strong wind and earthquakes, those big acts isn’t where we all find God.
For many years I was stuck between John 20:29 and Jeremiah 17:5. I knew that big act God accomplished through Jesus on the cross. But it didn’t change me. I didn’t believe in the goodness of God in my life. I saw the act but not the heart behind it. I knew the power of God but not His heart.
I had lived my life believeing in a Savior but didn’t allow myself to be saved. I believed that I made the good in my life. That I had to make good decisions and depend on others in order for good to happen. I had to obey others and their worldly advice so they would stick with me and I wouldn’t be alone. I had to please them. What good was I if someone thought bad of me?
When I realized it was impossible to constantly please others I decided to please myself instead. I became a totally different person. I was looking out for number one. But, I was still giving others what they wanted so they wouldn’t leave me. And many took big advantage of that. I wasn’t giving to others because I loved them. I was giving myself away so they would love me. There is a big and dangerous difference in those two statements.
I ran to all the things of this world to give me comfort. It is a long list of horrible things that seemed to make sense in the moment. Have you ever heard the saying; “It seemed like a good idea at the time.”? That might as well have been my motto. I had no wisdom at all. I just did what seemed good or felt good in the moment. My moral compass was pointing to the temporary pleasures of this world.
But then I started hearing this small voice in my heart calling to me. It was a voice I knew I had heard before and had shoved away so many times. I can’t tell you why I chose to stop and listen this time, but I can tell you He wasn’t letting up until I did. He let me know that I was about to go too far. He talked straight to my heart in such a gentle way and told me that the choices I was making was about to lead me down a road that I would never leave. He told me I would lose Him. Not because He chose to leave me but because I was going to choose to leave Him. The road I was on was going to lead me to rejecting Him completely and I would not be coming back.
Then it was as if my whole life played out before my eyes. I could see Him there. Always there. Even in my most darkest moments He was there making a way for me. Comforting me. Protecting me. Rescuing me. Even before I chose Him, He was choosing me and pursuing me. He was drawing me to Him. I finally saw that anything good in my life had come from Him and that anything that was good in me had come from Him. Even where sin had wrecked my life He was there holding me together and picking me up off the floor. Time and time again. I realized He had been the only constant thing in my life.
I couldn’t lose Him! I realized how much I love Him and how much He loves me and I couldn’t lose the only thing good I ever had in my life! I wanted Him more than the road I was on! It was in that moment that I literally hit my knees physically and spiritually. I bowed as low as I could go before my Father with my face in my hands and I begged Him to put my feet on a solid rock. I chose Him that day. And I have never regretted that decision.
I have never regretted leaving that road behind. I am so thankful that God sent that warning and He showed me all the ways He has loved me. I am so thankful I chose to believe what I had seen so I could truly believe in what I couldn’t see. Which is the healing and redeeming power of Christ’s work on the cross, the Holy Spirit Christ sends to us that changes our hearts which changes our behavior and character because it is impossible for us to do so on our own, and the Father whose great plan has been fulfilled so a sinner like me could be made new and be set on a solid rock while surrounded by a world of sinking sand.
What He has done for me He can do for you. Listen to that still small voice and choose Him! You will not regret that you did.