So the skeptic asked me…
“What makes you a Christian?
What is it that makes you saved?
Give it to me, simple and quick.”
And so begins the last part of the discussion with a skeptic, which started here.
“Accept the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross…
and lay your life down as a living sacrifice.”
That was it…simple and quick.
“Tell me more.” requested the skeptic.
So I did.
“The gospel’s really straightforward and simple…
but also complicated way beyond comprehension.
We have a Bible and it’s bursting with history and illustrations and explanations. We have people who can write volumes on the subject and never exhaust all of its nuances.
But it’s this simple.
Accept the sacrifice of God.
Live life as a sacrifice for God.
accept forgiveness…do 1Corinthians 13 love.
“So you’re making up your own gospel?” he said with a hint of laughter.
“No,” I answered, “I’m just using normal words for the message that’s always been the same. Even with religious words it boils down pretty simply. Accept Jesus as Savior and Lord.”
I grew up around Italians, so I began using my hands.
You know the way; left hand right hand, this-or-that style .
“Same message, different words.” I continued.
“Accept Jesus as Savior (left hand)…and Lord (right hand).
Accept the sacrifice of God (left hand)…then live as a sacrifice for God (right hand).
Accept forgiveness (left hand)…then do Love (right hand).
The gospel in two words:
“I’ll think about that.” said the skeptic.
Then I remembered what he asked me at the start. “What would I say to that person in the pew, who was just taking up space?” And I suddenly thought it applied here.
“I would tell that person in the pew that having a better relationship, a real relationship, a living relationship with the God who is the Source of everything, is as simple as believe…then do.
And I’d also say.
Don’t think about it forever because forever can come quicker than you think.”