They want the benefits that the body of Christ offers.
They want the blessings of the covering the church offers.
They enjoy the fellowship that is indigenous to the assembly of believers.
They want the security of being around people they can trust.
They enjoy the moral fabric found among believers
They want the opportunities that come from being a part of a group of believers.
They seek the positive teaching and spiritual references.
They are attracted to the kindness and generosity of born again believers.
But until you recognize your human condition without God.
- Until you clearly see your state of lostness.
- Until you see just how empty you are without Christ.
- Until you recognize your total inability to attain unto righteousness on your own.
- Until you come to the place where you understand that you are not grandfathered in.
- Until you believe what God says about who you are without Christ, you will have no inclination to receive Christ.
But, once you do see your need for a Savior.
Once you see how empty life is without God as your comforter.
Once you see that without Christ you were enemies of God.
Once you believe what God says about who you are and who you can become, then you can receive Christ - get saved - become born again.
Hear the Word of the Lord. John 6:44, “No man can come to Me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw Him: and I will raise him up at the last day.”
Who called who? God has called you out, by name, to receive Christ. If you have accepted God’s invitation to receive His Son, you will receive the benefits and privileges associated with becoming an heir to the kingdom and joint heir with Christ.
Let’s read Ephesians 2:1-9 together“And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
V2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
V3 Among whom also we all had our conversation, (which means manner of life) ion times past in the lusts of our flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
V4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us,
V5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved:)
V6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
V7 That in the ages to come He might shew the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
V8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
V9 Not of works, lest, (which means for fear that), any man should boast."
Excerpt from God Thinking XLV - Mirror Of Time by Keith C. Powell copyright 2014