Once upon a time in a land far way, there was a man who hated Christians. Yes, his hard exterior and religious zeal lead him to jail, beat, and even kill those of the faith. On his way to continue his rampage, he was stopped by Jesus Christ on an open road. It was on this road that the man repented of his sins and became a Christian himself. From there he went about across his own land, and other lands, preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.
This short summary of Paul’s encounter with Jesus in chapter nine of the book of Acts, shows that God seeks sinners even as sinners refuse to seek God. The worst of us, which is all of us, will be or have been visited by Jesus. It may come by television as a preacher directs your attention to pray for salvation, it can come by way of radio with a broadcast that touches your heart to submit to the Lordship of your Creator, it can come by way of internet, and even by a friend that shares the gospel with you. This is not the time to run, or in better terms brush off the call to become a child of God.
Pushing God off is easy.” Another day or another time”, one says. “When things are better or things are so good that I’ll get to God later.”, may be your reply. Yet Jesus is chasing you today, especially if your still reading the article. You may have questions—great, bring them with you as you ask Christ to be your Lord. You may have doubts—we all do, but don’t let doubts turn you away from letting God becoming the lover of you soul, for he made your soul.
I can understand the fear of committing to Jesus, but the other option is a eternal commitment in Hell. Yes, you’ll have to count the cost of becoming a Christian, but the cost of not becoming one is something you do not want to pay because, frankly, you can’t.
Jesus is chasing sinners everyday, not to capture and destroy, but to love, to change, to give mercy, to redeem from Hell, to make you better than what you think you are. Maybe my words cannot convince you to be captured by Christ, but look at your life and if that doesn’t sway you ask yourself a simple question:
Will I go to heaven, and why?
The answer has nothing to do with you. As Jesus came to Paul, He comes to you. Running from Jesus means running with the devil, and I know that may be harsh, but the truth is harsh sometimes. It not meant to insult you, but to warn you of the present danger. The devil is running to Hell and wants to take you there. Stop running with him and let Jesus capture you. He’s not cruel—he never was and never is. However, if you prefer to run…..you know the consequences.