Why Wait to Become a Christian?

by Richard Mansel
Untold numbers of people know they need to become Christians and have not done so yet. People implore them to act decisively. Nevertheless, their feet remain rooted in indecision.
Becoming a Christian is the greatest thing a human being can ever do. Nothing even comes close. Attaining the Presidency, winning the Super Bowl or the World Cup, pales in comparison. These are fleeting images crumbling to dust before the majesty of eternal life.
Despite the glories of heaven, an end to pain, suffering and heartache, people wait to put on Christ in baptism (Revelation 21:1-7; Galatians 3:27). Unless we believe in Jesus, accept him as the Messiah, repent of our sins, confess him as the Lord of our lives and be immersed in the waters of baptism, rising to live a life committed to Christ, we cannot be saved (Hebrews 11:7; Luke 13:3-5; Romans 10:9,10; Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16; Revelation 2:10).
“It is appointed unto man once to die and after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). Wealth, fame, obscurity, allegiance, name, and nobility are powerless to alter the relentless march to death. Everyone meets the same end, whether king or pauper. Death is no respecter of persons.
No matter our plans, death appears whenever it desires. “For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4:14). As the morning sun rises, the dew sets, regardless of the expectations, dreams, and pleas of the dew. They are immaterial.
An aged man finds the dilapidated house in the woods that served as the family home. Decades before, he left this patch of woods for a new life in the city. Smitten by nostalgia, he roams the grounds. Seeing rusted metal peeking out of a hole in the vines in the corner of the barn, he finds what is left of a hammer he bought with his allowance decades ago. Shortly after the purchase, a beloved uncle had given him some tools and the hammer slipped his mind. A lifetime later, the hammer waits for the boy. Its purpose in life was wasted as other excitements drew his attention away.
Failing to become a Christian is to waste our lives. “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, [f]or this is man’s all” (Ecclesiastes 12:13). Our lives cannot attain its purpose while waiting to become a Christian.
Ultimately, while we are waiting to become a Christian, we are still spiritually lost. Intentions do not matter. “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” A modern version is, “why do today what you can put off until tomorrow?” The longer we wait, the greater our chances of dying lost. Each time we are a driver or passenger in a car, enter a place of business or walk down the street, or sleep in our own beds, we could meet with an accident or be a victim of violent crime. Since death stalks us daily, procrastination is deadly.
We must remember that Satan wants us to avoid becoming a Christian, and he will use whatever methods available to him to accomplish this goal (Ephesians 6:10-13).
Procrastination allows the person to think they are showing allegiance to God. However, Satan is using it against us to accomplish his goals with a minimum of effort. As long as we wait, we remain under the power of Satan. Why would we want to do that? What does his heaven look like?

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Richard lives in Florence, Alabama and is married to Deirdre. They have three daughters. He is an avid reader, devoted writer and lover of history and research. He is the author of "The Most Important Question" and is working on more books.

3 thoughts on “Why Wait to Become a Christian?

  1. In view of the article above, I thought you might find the following article, written for my 10.15.07 bulletin (not online yet), interesting.
    I enjoy Forthright. Thanks for your work.
    Larry Sheehy
    Elder and preacher
    Statesboro, GA
    This self-explanatory message is from an email written by one of our members sister, who attends the Center St. church in Fayetteville, Arkansas with her husband Lynn. When I read it, it occurred to me that someone who attends here or reads the News&Views elsewhere might be encouraged to stop putting off what they have been wanting to do, yet for some reason have not. If that is the case with you, I hope you will make a positive decision and act on it today. Please think seriously about it, won’t you? (L.S.)
    “I GET CHILLS”
    “We had a wonderful afternoon at Center St church yesterday. Jack has been preaching on baptism for the past 2 Sundays. Toward the end of the sermon yesterday, he talked about the different reasons people put off being baptized even though they want to do it. So he said he wasn’t going to offer an invitation after the sermon. He said he wanted those who’ve delayed taking that step out into the aisle to just go home, eat lunch, think seriously about what’s at stake. He said, “I’m going to be here on the front pew at 2 o’clock and if you’ve decided that it’s time, we’ll have a baptism. No one else has to be present. It can be just you and me or you can bring as many people as you want.” FIVE people were baptized! One older woman who has been coming for years. One older man who, with his wife, just happened to attend our worship that morning and who lives in Texarkana. They’d come for the ballgame on Saturday; and three young adults in their late 20’s. I get chills just writing about it. Praise the Lord! What a wonderful day!! Love, L.”

  2. Larry, thanks so much for passing on this wonderful news. What a great moment! May we all consider better how to motivate and reach those who are holding back. Which is why I appreciate Richard’s article as well.

  3. Thanks, Randal and Larry for your kind words. Great story, Larry. The reason I wrote this article was in large part so people would have it as a resource to help the wavering to make a commitment.

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