Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Words of Comfort: How to Walk on Air

I need your advice. I purchased some expensive seed from a reputable store, who told me the seed produced a 100% successful crop every time. They gave me instructions, but I didn’t bother to read them. Instead, I just tossed handfuls onto the soil, and to my dismay 70% of it didn’t grow. What would you tell me? Of course, you would say that I should have taken the time to read the instructions.

I need some more advice. To our dismay, we are finding that 70% of kids brought up in Christian homes fall away from the faith. What should we do? Of course, you should tell us to read the Instruction Book. You would say to make sure that we are sowing the seed of the Word of God, biblically. I did just that way back in 1982 (when I discovered this tragic fall-away rate), and I found that most of us haven’t been following the Instructions.

Many of those who supposedly become Christians nowadays don’t become Christians at all. They are told to ask Jesus into their heart or to pray a sinner’s prayer, by people who have either never read the instructions about reaching the lost, or they don’t understand what the Bible says on the subject. The way to become a Christian is to repent of all sin and to trust alone in Jesus Christ for our salvation, and for that to take place we must prepare the soil before we plant the seed. If we don’t do that, we can be sure that we will have a crop failure.

The fact that Jesus Christ died for our sins and rose again, is the gospel seed. The human heart is the soil in which it should take root, and the neglected tool that prepares the soil is what the Bible calls “the Law of God” (the Ten Commandments). If we don’t use the Ten Commandments as Jesus did to prepare the sinner’s heart (see Mark 10:17) we will see tragic results.

To be continued...

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