7 Things Believers Want Unbelievers to Know
by Pastor Dan Delzell
Most Christians want everyone to grasp God’s love for them. And with that in mind, here are 7 things believers want unbelievers to know:
1. God is far more interested in what you can become than in what you’ve been.
Jesus did not come to the world 2000 years ago to condemn people, but to save them. And that includes you. Jesus won’t keep bringing up your past. He will, however, lead you into a glorious future. That is, if you are willing to go with Him. One of the most beautiful things about God’s forgiveness is that He provides people with a fresh start and a new beginning.
2. “All of us like sheep have gone astray.” (Isaiah 53:6)
There is not one of us who deserves God’s grace and mercy. Perhaps you feel like you are a “bigger sinner” than others; or maybe you feel like you are a lot better than certain religious folks you’ve met. Either way, there is a level playing field at the foot of the cross. When a person begins to get serious about his own sin, he soon realizes that everyone is in the same boat. All of us have broken God’s commandments, and we all desperately need a Savior who will accept us anyway.
3. You would absolutely love Jesus if you really got to know Him.
Regardless of what you think about Jesus, please be aware of this: If you haven’t met Him, there is no way you can really know what that experience would bring into your life. True? I mean think about it. Perhaps you have been turned off to Jesus because of something that some professing Christians have done. If so, is it fair to Jesus for you to dismiss Him simply because some people who speak His name didn’t live up to expectations?
One of the amazing things about Jesus is that His love is so pure and refreshing. That is one of the biggest reasons those who know Him wouldn’t dream of turning their back on Him. When you find love, either in marriage or in religion, you don’t want to let it go. And thankfully, Jesus isn’t about to let go of those who love Him and trust Him as their Savior.
4. Christianity is similar to marriage. It requires faithfulness, trust, commitment, and a loving relationship.
My wife and I are thankful to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary this year. Anyone who has ever been married understands how radically different marriage is than single living. Walking down the aisle is the easy part. The real work begins after the honeymoon.
Likewise, accepting Christ is easy. But following Christ will challenge you at every level of your being. And yet, it is the most rewarding experience a person could ever enjoy. That’s not to say everything in the Christian life is painless. But in the end, the sacrifice is well worth the effort.
Without trust, a marriage cannot stand. And the same is true in a relationship with God. You begin by trusting Jesus. And then you continue to trust Christ day in and day out until He brings you home to heaven. No wonder the Bible describes believers as the bride of Christ. It is a blessed union which lasts forever.
5. God would rather forgive you than punish you.
God takes no pleasure in punishing sinners, just like the Father took no pleasure in sending His Son to bear the punishment on the cross which we deserve. My wife sent me a screenshot yesterday which she saw online. It states, “Kar-ma: You get what you deserve. Christianity – Jesus got what you deserve.” That’s well said, and it’s exactly what Scripture teaches about the cross.
6. None of us would “get it” apart from the work of the Holy Spirit.
Understanding Christianity is not a matter of being “smarter.” Instead, it requires divine revelation. The Bible says, “Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the Word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17) And, “No one can say, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ except by the Holy Spirit.” (1 Cor. 12:3) Jesus said, “Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.” (John 3:6)
Would you like the benefit of divine revelation? Then simply believe the good news that Jesus died to pay for your sins on the cross. Accept Him as your Savior as you repent of your sin and turn to God for salvation. It’s that easy. And it’s the only way to “get it.”
7. Christianity hinges on the cross and the empty tomb.
Christianity does not hinge on mystical experiences or religious rituals. It hinges on history, and specifically, upon what God did at the cross and in the tomb. Christ died for sinners, and on the third day rose from the grave. If you will place your faith in the One who made history by His death and resurrection, you will enjoy life forever with God.
But spiritual conversion is necessary. It’s as simple as receiving a gift. You believe and receive. And then you start to flow in the wellspring of the Holy Spirit because He now resides within you.
Will you come to the cross? Will you kneel in your heart before the Maker of heaven and earth? He willingly gave His life so that you can be forgiven, and He rose from the grave to give you new life today and forever. Trust in those facts and in that Person as the basis of your acceptance into God’s family. And you will never be the same. You will become “a new creation” in Christ. (2 Cor. 5:17)
If you are an unbeliever, do you see why believers want you to know these 7 things? Now it’s between you and God.