Life is made up of decisions. I’ve heard and read a story that has several variations but the sum of the parts goes like this:
A reporter received a tour of an orange packing warehouse while doing research on the Florida orange industry. The reporter watched one particular worker who had the mind numbing job of sorting oranges as they tumbled down a conveyor belt. There was a hole for small oranges, large oranges, and bruised oranges. After watching this tedious work for what seemed like an hour but was only about fifteen minutes, the reporter finally asked the man, “Doesn’t this job get to you? How can you stand putting those oranges into holes all day long?”
The worker replied, “Hey, you don’t know the half of it! From the time I clock in until the time I clock out, it’s decisions, decisions, decisions!”
We make decisions on a daily basis, and we make a lot of them. Just today you have decided what to wear, what to eat, what time to leave your house for work, what route to take, and whether or not to speed or obey the traffic laws. You’ve decided to read this blog, and you may be deciding to click away; which just proves my point. Decisions, decisions, decisions.
Obviously, some of the decisions that we make are much more significant that others. We make some decisions daily, others we make rarely, and some we make only once. The fact of the matter is this: we make decisions, and then those decisions turn around and make us.
Based on the authority of God’s Word I am able to state this: there is one decision that you must make, and that one decision not only will impact this present life as well as the next. I am talking about the decision that you will make concerning Jesus Christ and the salvation that He purchased for you when He died on the cross for your sins and rose from the grave. This is a fact on which you must be clear: the gospel calls for a decision
. The gospel calls for men and women to cease wobbling and wavering and to make a decision for Jesus Christ, unreservedly giving their lives to Him.
Romans 10:9-10 says,
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Each person has a personal need to be saved, each of us are, or have been, lost and dead in our sins and in absolute need of salvation. Before you can embrace Christ as your Savior, you must see Him as the very Savior that you need. The reason some have not, or will not, embrace Christ is because they do not think they need Him! They are prepared and willing to admit and recognize that problems exist globally and nationally, but they are unwilling to admit their problem personally.
No one will come to Christ until one recognizes the absolute necessity of salvation. This is what Jesus meant when He said, “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Matthew 9:13; Mark 2:17; Luke 5:32). The righteous arrogantly and ignorantly believe that they do not need a Savior, but the sinner knows all to well that he is damned without One!
Unless you are perfect; unless you are absolutely righteous, absolutely perfect, absolutely kind, absolutely honest, absolutely without sin, unless you fit that criteria you need a Savior. God’s Word says that all of us are sinners, none of us are righteous, we have all fallen short, and thus there exists for all of us an absolute necessity of salvation. The bad news is that we are all sinners incapable of saving ourselves. The good news is that Jesus paid our penalty, and He offers to us all the gift of eternal life; the gift of salvation.
I understand that most, if not all of those who read this blog are basically good people. I’m confident that murderers, thieves, or child molesters do not frequent this blog. Nevertheless, we are all sinners, spiritually dead in our trespasses and sins, and in desperate need of salvation.
Hebrews 9:27, “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” I write this with a sensitive pleading heart. Jesus Christ said twice as much about Hell as He did about Heaven, and based on the authority of God’s Word you may be assured that if you die in your sins you will go to Hell. Hell is factual, Hell is final, Hell is fearful, and Hell is fair, because God will merely confirm the choice of your heart on that day that you stand before Him.
The gospel is not a matter of opinion to be debated like politics or sports. It is not enough to simply be emotionally stirred or to feel guilty. The gospel is something that requires a decision. You must accept it and believe. Do you believe? Are you a believer, or are you a waverer, a wobbler? Are you a Christian; are you an unconverted believer?
Unconverted believers are those individuals who are acquainted with the gospel. They have heard it, perhaps many times. They could probably even explain the gospel, quote it; they may find it interesting, emotionally stirring, and at times troubling. Unconverted believers usually make the mistake of thinking that the gospel somehow offers everything without demanding anything. It is a mistake to think that God will save you without changing you; that God will provide everything you desire without demanding anything from you. It is a lie to think that Christianity makes no demands and calls for no decisions! I know it’s a lie because when you take your Bible and examine what the Scriptures teach you find that salvation does make demands and it does call you to a decision.
Salvation is an absolute necessity, and the need is incredibly urgent. If God has shown you your need, and given you a desire to turn to Jesus Christ, then turn your life over to Him now, at this very moment. Today is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2); make that decision right now. Why would you wait?