WHEN SINCERITY IS NOT ENOUGH

I know a man who once travelled for a meeting at a church in another city. He got to the venue an hour before time. The church building was not opened yet, so he stayed around, walking round the building. It was a cold winter evening, therefore, after a while, the man went into a nearby cafe to have hot tea and keep himself warm. It was 30 minutes more, yet the church doors were still locked. The man had travelled down by train and bus, so he could only pace around the church furhermore. He had only the landline phone of the organizers of the meeting,which he tried to call. Only a voicemail was possible at the other end, so he continued to wait.  At 18.45 hours, he decided to wait and sit down at a bus stop, directly opposite the church building, to observe when the lights would come on. He waited till 19.30 hours and decided to go back,via bus to his place of rest for the night. On the next day, he found out that the church meeting started on schedule, at 19.00 hours, while he was around. No notice was placed around the church to direct visitors to the right corner of the building. The man had continued to wait sincerely and in hope. That man was sincere, but wrong. He came very early. He walked around the building up till 18.45 hours. As it was a very cold evening, he sat at the nearby bus stop, because the cafe was closing for the day. He kept waiting for lights to come on in front of the church. The lights never came on in his view. Actually, from another view, lights did come on only after he chose to take a seat at the bus stop. That man was very sincere, but wrong; wrong in the sense that he waited in the wrong corner. It may be argued that the organizers should have placed notices to direct people to the right corner. That did not happen and the man went home without taking part in the scheduled meeting. He kept wondering if there had been either a change in venue or a postponement. How wrong he was! Oftentimes, we make sincere decisions that are sincerely wrong! So it is on issues affecting everlasting life through Jesus Christ. The people of this generation try to figure out things in their own imaginations. They do argue with God. When Jesus Christ said; “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except by me” (John 14:6). He meant every word spoken. He does not mince his words. The sincerity of anyone does not change the fact of Jesus claims or message! Jesus also said: For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:16). Whosoever means ANYONE (no discrimination). He said further: For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him (John 3:17). WHOSOEVER wills may come to God through Jesus Christ. My friend, please, do not be sincerely wrong in your stand; make the right decison before it is too late. That man was very close to the meeting, very sincere about the lights coming on; very logical about taking a seat directly in front of the church, on the opposite side, watching eagerly for lights, which never came on from his own view! Choose TODAY, but CHOOSE RIGHT. God loves you and so do we.

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