Sliding into the significant
Suppose you approach someone and ask him or her, "Are you married?" and the reply is, "I'm not sure," or "Maybe." You would be quite suspicious and probably would wonder about the person's intelligence.
Or, perhaps you are being interviewed for an important position, and the interviewer asks about your education and you respond with, "I might have finished high school and I think I graduated from a university with a degree in accounting, but I don't know for certain."
The interviewer would begin to question your common sense, even your honesty.
Have you ever heard somebody say, "You know, I awoke this morning, and realized I was an editor and I start this afternoon in my new position for the Times? Of course not!
Is it really possible to just "slide into the significant"? To achieve something important with no planning, no thought, nothing more than a hope and a dream?
While I acknowledge the examples given above may be absurd, I do believe that for many people, spiritual matters – the really deep issues of our time – are often addressed this way.
The Bible is quite clear in this regard; there is no evidence that someone can "drift" into a spiritual life, to find God almost by accident or wishful thinking.
In fact, it is clear that we cannot enter into God's presence, to feel that deep peace, unless we make a choice to turn away from all the bad things we have done, to tell God about it and to look to him for guidance.
It says in the Bible, "If we confess ours sins, he is faithful and just to forgive our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." Sins are those things that separate us from God; things like greed, lust, stealing, drunkenness, lying, and others.
But, God is faithful and he longs to fellowship with the person who seeks Him. I recall reading an article about the Titanic and how the White Star line based in Liverpool had placed two signs outside their office immediately after the tragedy: one was marked "Known to be lost" and the other was marked "Known to be saved."
Family members would gather and every so often, an employee would appear and add a name. A deathly silence would sweep over the crowd as they waited to see which list would be chosen.
In the same way, Christ says, "I am the way and the truth and life. No one comes to the Father except through me." No middle ground there!
Jesus is saying quite clearly that if you want to be saved, delivered from the evil in your life, you need to come to him.
Perhaps today, as you read this, you are thinking, "I'd like to get things right with God – I want to get out from under the burden of all the evil in my life."
Jesus is waiting to hear from you. He died on the cross, and gave his life for you. He wants to be your Savior.
As it says in the Bible, "The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ, our Lord." Why not take the first step today, right now?
Tell God about your life, and how you want to change.
Accept his offer of forgiveness, and draw closer to him. You can't "slide" into anything important, whether it's marriage, schooling, or a job. And, you can't slide into the most relationship of your life: your relationship with God.
I encourage you to embark on this wonderful spiritual journey – don't put it off. Get things right with your God today. firstname.lastname@example.org