Don’t forget the “Main” reason….. to come to God

 

We live in a day where believers are sharing all kinds of reasons for people to come to God.

Just a few of them are :

Come to God, he will take all your pain. Come to God so you can go to heaven. Come to God so you can escape hell. Come to God he will get you a job. Come to God because he loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life. Come to God so you can be happy. Come to God and he will supply all your needs. Come to God so he will make everything better. The list goes on and on……….

While the above may be true, these are not the main reason for one to come to God. If any one of these reasons are shared as the reason to turn ones life over to God, big disappointment can come. Many have fallen away because they were sold on a reason to come to God that had to do with their needs being taken care of. Yes He does take care of our needs in his timing and way, but it not the reason to come. Many have come to God for the above reasons, then they have experienced difficulty after a period of time, then they have decided that this God turned out to be something other than what was promised.

An example would be:

Come to God and he will take all your pain. So this person who has just lost their husband, turns to God and finds great comfort for her loss. Time goes on and she begins to heal from her loss. She meets this guy and falls in love with him. He also is a believer. They get married and life is good. Five years pass, and soon he meets a lady at his workplace. They start having lunch together, which eventually leads to sex. The wife finds out and her life is crushed. She no longer wants anything to do with God. She has had pain once before and now she is done with this so-called God.

Another example would be :

Come to God because he loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life. This persons life is in a mess before coming to God. He has no job, no wife, no home. Soon after coming to God, he gets a job. He meets a beautiful lady in church and they soon get married. They eventually buy a house. Life is good.

Three years into it all, he gets laid off from his job, they lose their house, and life takes on some bad stuff. To top it off, his wife comes down with breast cancer and dies a year later. He now is finished with this God. He has found temporary relief with the bottle now.

We must all realize that this life is not going to be perfect, and one should not strive to make it so. This life is filled with pain, sorrow and death. Turning ones life over to God is not going to make it care free, nor take all the problems and make it better. In fact, most believers would say that since they have given their hearts to God, they now have more battles, more difficulties and struggles than before. In no way does one’s life become a bed of roses when they give their lives to Christ. Usually, quite the contrary.

So what is the “main” reason to come to God? What is the main reason that we should be sharing with others?

First off, we must be reminded that we cannot properly share the Gospel without first getting into the subject of sin. Any other door that we open could very well be a misleading door that could set them up for fail.

I am well aware of how awkward the subject of sin is today. I have spent most of my saved life looking into the subject, studying the subject, teaching the subject and sharing with countless people on the subject. And as I have always said, God’s word deals with the subject front to back, more than any other subject. So we as believers must dig into the subject. We must learn it more than all the rest, if we want to be effective in bringing souls into the Kingdom.

So, the main reason for one to come to God through Christ is…….. forgiveness of our sins. There can be no other way to have a true relationship with God, unless we receive Christ as our own sacrifice for our own sins. In sharing the Gospel, one most first talk to them about their sins. We must, with the help of the Holy Spirit, convince them that they have sin. That there is sin in their heart. Now the good thing here is, that most don’t have a problem realizing that they have sinned. The problem is them knowing that they need forgiveness of their sins, if they are going to have a relationship with a Holy God.

One must share the holiness of God, and that He hates sin and will not look upon it. We cannot approach this righteous, Holy God on our own merits. Our sinful being is not capable. We must have someone to stand between us and God.

One must share in some detail the nature of sin. It is death. Not only physical, but more importantly spiritual death, which is “separation” from God. The sinner must realize that he or she is separated from God because of sin. I liken this to a wall. People that have yet to receive Christ, are separated from God. They must know that there can be no true relationship with God until the wall comes down. And it can only come down through the only gift that God gave for our sins, that being The Christ. For more on the subject of the wall and seperation see my post  https://rjperalta.wordpress.com/2010/07/09/the-wall-and-the-wrecking-ball/

YES, EVEN IN 2010, WE MUST TALK ABOUT SIN AND THE FORGIVENESS THEREOF.

There seems to be very little conversation going on about it, especially these days. We as believers must start the conversation as the Spirit leads. Be prepared to be looked upon as some “nut case”. So was Christ in his day. If we are afraid to talk about sin and forgiveness, then we are ashamed of the Gospel of Christ. How can you tell them about Christ, without mentioning sin? It can’t be done. You can’t offer the cure until they understand their condition.

So, if you are not talking about sin currently with those who He leads you to, what are you talking about? If it’s Christ centered, you must share the subject of sin. We must get used to it, if we are going to share Christ. I say, “sharing Christ”. It does little good, talking to people about God, without never mentioning Christ. Are we comfortable talking about Christ? Do we only just mention God, because of it’s more comfortable? Remember, the devil is somewhat satisfied if all you talk to them about is God. He also believes and trembles. But, if you mention Christ, the devils usually rise up. I see it all the time.

So in the end, don’t forget caught up in the popular reasons for coming to God today. Stay with the time-tested way of God’s Word. God bless you all!

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