Steps to Christ, Pt. 2: The Sinner’s Need of Christ

This is such a crucial chapter in this book.  If a person doesn’t come to the place where they recognize that they are not all that they desire to be, then God/religion/Jesus won’t mean a thing to them.  Jesus dying for their sins wouldn’t make sense unless they recognize and take ownership of the fact that in and of themselves, they are unable to live a life without selfishness.

Last week on a plane ride, I met a lady by the name of Loretta.  Within a few minutes of talking she discovered that I used to be an atheist and was now a follower of Jesus.  She, a full time women’s advocate and humanitarian, told me that she was raised a believer but was now an atheist.  As we talked she told me that she believes that the morality of humanity is “evolving” in a positive direction.  Honestly I could hardly believe my ears as it seems to me that the morality of man is not moving forward, but rather digressing.

Ellen mentions that “Man was originally endowed with noble powers and a well-balanced mind.  He was perfect in his being, and in harmony with God.  His thoughts were pure, his aims holy.  But through disobedience his powers were perverted, and selfishness took the place of love.  His nature became so weakened through transgression that it was impossible for him, in his own strength, to resist the power of evil.” So in the beginning we were created in the image of God to live a life of selflessness and love.  Through sin, however, selfishness became paramount and now we are no longer able to resist the power of evil.

Furthermore she states that “It is impossible for us, of ourselves, to escape from the pit of sin in which we are sunken.  Our hearts are evil, and we can not change them.  ‘Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean?–Not one.’ ‘The carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be‘ (Job 14:4; Romans 8:7).  Education, culture, the exercise of the will, human effort, all have their proper sphere, but here they are powerless.  They may produce an outward correctness of behavior, but they can not change the heart; they can not purify the springs of life.”

I hope that this doesn’t come across as judgmental, but I am fearful of some approaches that the SDA Church takes when it comes to evangelism.  Sometimes it seems that we focus on education and human effort to get the life in order.  And while people may look/talk/act better, does that mean that the heart is right with Jesus?  In the next paragraph, Ellen states that “The idea that it is necessary only to develop the good that exists in man by nature, is a fatal deception.” Could it be that many are being led astray as the emphasis is placed on theirbehavior and not the life and death and resurrection of Jesus?

I love the Apostle Paul’s words when he exclaims, “Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:24-25 ESV).  In John 14:6 we are reminded that, “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” If we could earn our way to Heaven, then Jesus wouldn’t have had to come to this planet to die for our sins.

I encourage you today to simply acknowledge your sins to Jesus, accept His free gift of salvation, and now walk with Him in newness of life!

Blessings,

Matthew

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About Matthew Gamble

Communicator, Consultant, Coach. Founder of a non-profit VagaBondservant Int'l that takes me all over the world exploring the life and teachings of Jesus.

2 Responses to Steps to Christ, Pt. 2: The Sinner’s Need of Christ

  1. Steve Darmody

    Thanks Matt for your insights. This is a great idea!

  2. Matthew Gamble

    Thank you Steve!

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