When it comes to the Christian faith, “Almost Persuaded” are the two saddest words anyone could ever utter. Almost persuaded to follow Jesus is not enough. If we want our sins to be forgiven, to be saved and to have eternal life, we must believe in Jesus. Being almost persuaded or "seeking" Jesus is not enough, we have to step across the line of faith!
In my sermon this Sunday (March 19) based on Acts 26, we find Paul telling King Agrippa about his faith in Christ. Paul finishes his message by challenging King Agrippa to believe in Jesus. Agrippa responds to Paul in verse 28, "Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?" Agrippa leaves the door open, but will not confess faith in Christ. Paul replies in verse 29, "Short time or long - I pray to God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am..."
If you're reading this post and you've thought about believing in Jesus and becoming a Christian, but you haven't taken the final step of faith, what are you waiting for? All the promises and blessings of being a follower of Jesus are waiting for you. But almost persuaded is not enough. You have to believe. You have to choose Jesus.
Most of you reading this are already Christians. You went from being almost persuaded to fully persuaded at some point in your life. Now you have a job to do. You are called by Jesus to be his witnesses (Acts 1:8), his ambassadors, as though God is making his appeal through you (2 Corinthians 5:20). Be committed to reaching unbelieving people in your oikos (your circle of relationships: family, friends, neighbors, and people you know from work, school and in the community). Pray for them, love them, bless them, tell them why your faith matters to you. Don't give up until they are fully persuaded to follow Jesus, whether it takes a short time or a long time. Never give up. Don't be content that they're almost persuaded.
Whether you're almost persuaded to believe in Jesus or thinking about telling a friend about Jesus, come worship with us this Sunday and learn about what it means to make a commitment of our lives to Christ. Our Traditional Worship is at 9:00 a.m. and our Contemporary Worship is at 10:45 a.m. Hope to see you here!