Have you heard a Christian say they regret inviting Christ Jesus into their heart and life? Neither have I – and I don’t imagine I ever will. We make hundreds of decisions daily, but that is the only decision that will matter beyond this life – what will you do with Christ Jesus?
Sin is fun… for a season. It makes your heart beat a little faster and there’s a bit of danger involved and so much risk. Get caught and you could lose everything. How much do you want to gamble away? Even Christians sometimes listen to the enemy when he says it’s not going to really hurt anyone and there’s no risk involved. It’s a lie. Be on guard against his lies and ready to tell him to get away in the name of Christ Jesus.
There’s a time when every Christian has to stop playing church, walking the fence, dabbling in the things of God – and get real. That’s what it means to count yourself DEAD to sin. Don’t even go there. Put on the full armor of God (Eph. 6) and make your faith real. Until you do that, you may be fooling many people – but you know you’re not fooling God and you’re actually breaking His heart.
Once you know that you know you’ve made a decision for God and God alone – get baptized – get washed clean and live for Him.
To be truly ALIVE in Christ is the best! Once you’ve put all your past sins on the altar and asked God to forgive them, He will – and He remembers them no more (it’d be nice if people would forget, wouldn’t it?) Sometimes it’s difficult to forgive yourself for your past sins, but think of it this way… if Almighty God says He’s going to forgive and not bring it up ever again, who do you think you are to hang on to those sins of the past? You have to forgive yourself and it’s not easy – but if you ask God to help you, He’s faithful to help you forgive yourself.
Once forgiveness takes hold, you can be ALIVE IN CHRIST! That’s the best life because it’s honest and simple. Sin keeps us in chains, but life in Christ sets us free! No lies to have to remember, no sneaking around doing something you shouldn’t be doing, no more drama… just freedom and joy in Christ forever! 🙂