"He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent."
~ 2 Peter 3:9b (NLT)
When I first heard the gospel, I thought, “I can’t do that. I’m not the religious type.” I wasn’t raised in church. I didn’t think I would fit in with Christians or in the church. I thought it wasn’t going to work for me. But I was wrong. Christ did everything for me that He promised He would do.
There are people who say, “I’ve tried the whole Christianity thing. I went to church and all that. I tried it, but it didn’t work for me.”
But I would suggest the problem is not with “the whole Christianity thing.” It’s with them. They are talking about God, and God works in every life that is truly dedicated to Him.
It would be like someone who is really sick going to the doctor. The doctor tells him, “You have a virus. You need to take this medication, and if you will do this, it will knock it out in a few days.” But instead of taking the medication, he throws it in the trash. He gets worse and worse. And he says, “I’ve tried the whole doctor thing, but it didn’t work for me.”
No, he didn’t take the medication. He didn’t do what he was supposed to do. Don’t blame the doctor.
Anyone who says that Christianity did not work for them either has never met Christ personally or did not do their part. Christ works for everyone. There are no exceptions.
There can be a point of no return. Am I suggesting there could come a point when God would not forgive someone? Not as much as I am suggesting there could come a point when they wouldn’t want to be forgiven because of their hardened hearts. God does want to forgive them. But they must come to Him.
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Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation®, NLT® copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved. Devotion © 2017 Harvest Christian Fellowship; all rights reserved.
Some people say Christianity didn't work for them. But is that true?